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State Information for Texas

Texas Notary Public Commission Requirements and Information

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State

Notary Commission Qualifications
Applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a legal resident of Texas; and
• not have been convicted of a felony or crime of moral turpitude.

How to Apply
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Texas Secretary of State: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/faqs2300.shtml#np2

Term of Office
4 Year Term

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not Required
*CLICK HERE for information about ASN’s online Texas Notary Course.

Notary Bond Requirement
$10,000 Notary Bond Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Recordbook Required
→Paper and electronic notarial acts. Texas notaries are PROHIBITED from recording any identification card numbers, passport numbers, or personal identification numbers that are associated with the signer in their recordbook.

Notary Seal Requirement
Ink Stamp or Embossing Seal Required
→Seal impression must be photographically reproducible. Stamp ink must be indelible (permanent).

Authorized Duties
• take acknowledgments and proofs;
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• make certified copies;
• take depositions; and
• execute protests.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Texas Secretary of State: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/statforms.shtml#NPUF


Contact Information for the State of Texas

State Notary Website
http://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/notary-public.shtml

State of Texas Online Notary FAQs
http://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/faqs2300.shtml

State of Texas Online Notary Search
https://direct.sos.state.tx.us/notaries/NotarySearch.asp

Phone Number
(512) 463-5705

Mailing Address
Secretary of State
Notary Public Unit
P.O. Box 13375
Austin, TX 78711


Apostille Certification Information

Fees
$15.00 per document

Phone Number
(512) 463-5705

Further Information
http://www.sos.state.tx.us/authinfo.shtml

This information was compiled by the American Society of Notaries • Copyright 2017
Last Updated MARCH 2013

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