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State Information for Virginia

Commonwealth of Virginia Notary Public Commission Requirements and Information

Appointing Officer
Governor - appoints notaries.
Secretary of the Commonwealth - maintains records, regulates.

Notary Commission Qualifications
Applicants must:
be at least 18 years old;
be a legal resident of the U.S.;
not have been convicted of a felony; and
be able to read and write the English language.

How to Apply
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia: https://commonwealth.virginia.gov/official-documents/notary-commissions/

Term of Office
4 Year Term

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not Required

Notary Bond Requirement
Not Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Paper Notarial Acts - Not Required
Electronic Notarial Acts - Electronic Record Required.*
→*If an electronic notarial act is performed utilizing audio/video technology authorized under 47.1-2, the notary must electronically record the act and keep a copy of the recording.

Notary Seal Requirement
Ink Stamp or Embossing Seal Required, Paper Notarial Acts. Must be photographically reproducible.
(Electronic signature/seal includes image or text with specified information elements that correspond to those in the paper-act seal.)

Authorized Duties
take acknowledgments and proofs;
administer oaths and affirmations;
certify copies;
certify affidavits and depositions; and
perform verifications of fact.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia: https://commonwealth.virginia.gov/official-documents/notary-commissions/

Contact Information for the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia

Commonwealth Notary Website

Commonwealth Online Notary Search

Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia Online Notary Handbook

Phone Number
(804) 692-2536

Mailing Address
Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
Notary Public Division
P.O. Box 1795
Richmond, Virginia 23218-1795

Apostille Certification Information

$10.00 for the first document and $5.00 for each additional document.

Phone Number
(804) 692-0114

Further Information

This information was compiled by the American Society of Notaries Copyright 2017
Last Updated MARCH 2016

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