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State Information for Washington

Washington Notary Public Commission Requirements and Information

Appointing Officer
Department of Licensing

Notary Commission Qualifications
Applicants must:
be at least 18 years old;
be a resident of Washington or a resident of Oregon or Idaho and be regularly employed in Washington; and
be able to read and write the English language.

How to Apply
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Washington Secretary of State: http://www.dol.wa.gov/business/notary/nrequirements.html

Term of Office
4 Year Term

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not Required

Notary Bond Requirement
$10,000 Notary Bond Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Recordbook Required, Paper and Electronic acts, Effective 7-1-2018
-Notaries may maintain only one tangible (paper) journal at a time, in which both paper and electronic notarial acts shall be recorded. The tangible journal must be a permanent, bound register with numbered pages. An electronic notary may also maintain an electronic journal, but such journal is concurrent with the tangible journal. An electronic journal must be in a permanent, tamper-evident electronic format. Journal entries must be made contemporaneously with (at the same time as) the notarial act.

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;
administer oaths and affirmations;
take verifications upon oath or affirmation;
certify/attest copies;
witness or attest signatures;
certify the occurrence of an event or that an act has been performed; and
execute protests.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Washington Secretary of State: http://www.dol.wa.gov/business/notary/nchange.html

Contact Information for the State of Washington

State Notary Website

State of Washington Notary Online Search

State of Washington Online Notary FAQs

Phone Number
(360) 664-1550

Mailing Address
Department of Licensing
Notary Public Program
P.O. Box 9027
Olympia, WA 98507-9027

Apostille Certification Information

$15.00 per document

Phone Number
(360) 725-0344

Further Information

This information was compiled by the American Society of Notaries Copyright 2018
Last Updated MAY 2018

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