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State Information for Washington

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Washington Notary Requirements and Information

Washington Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must be:
• at least 18 years of age;
• be able to read and write English;
• a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States;
• a resident of Washington or be regularly employed in the state.

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

Appointing Officer
Washington State Department of Licensing

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 (journal) required*, paper and electronic notarial acts.
*Only one tangible journal at a time for recording both paper and electronic notarial acts. Permanent, bound register, numbered pages. Electronic records notary may also maintain a journal in electronic format, concurrently with the single tangible journal. Electronic journal must have capacity to record information required to be captured in tangible journal; be password-protected or have another secure means of user authentication; be tamper-evident; be able to create a backup; be capable of providing tangible and electronic copies of entries.

Notary Seal Requirement
Ink stamp or embossing seal required*, paper notarial acts
*Seal impression must be photographically reproducible; indelible (permanent) ink specified.
Official stamp required*, electronic notarial acts
*Must be tamper-evident, and provide a digital image that is a likeness of the stamp image required for paper notarial acts.

Authorized Duties
• take acknowledgments;
• administer oaths/affirmations;
• take verification upon oath/affirmation;
• certify or attest copies;
• witness or attest signatures;
• certify the occurrence of an event or that an act has been performed; and
• make protests of a negotiable instrument.

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

Contact Information for the State of Washington

State Notary Website

State of Washington Notary Online Search

State of Washington Online Notary Guide

Phone Number
(360) 664-1550

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

Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(360) 725-0344 or (360) 725-0345

Further Information

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Information on this page is provided with the understanding that the user is solely responsible for his/her knowledge of notarial law, procedures and practices. The information contained on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. All information is subject to change without notice and therefore is provided “as is,” free of warranty of any kind. Last updated April 2019.

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