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State Information for Wisconsin

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Wisconsin Notary Public Commission Requirements

Wisconsin Notary Commission Qualifications
Applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• have at least an equivalent of an eighth-grade education;
• be a resident of the United States;
• not have an arrest or conviction record; and
• be familiar with the duties of a notary public.

How to Become a Wisconsin Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Wisconsin Department of Financial Services: http://www.wdfi.org/Apostilles_Notary_Public_and_Trademarks/notary_applications.htm

Appointing Officer
Secretary of the Department of Financial Institutions

Term of Office
4 Year Term

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not Required
→Although not required in statute the Department of Financial Institutions requires ALL applicants to complete the Notary Tutorial Exam and obtain the completion certificate. https://www.wdfi.org/apps/NotaryTutorialExam/TableOfContents.aspx

Notary Bond Requirement
$500 Notary Bond Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Not Required
→If a notary maintains a journal, certain statutory requirements apply.

Notary Seal Requirement
Ink Stamp or Embossing Seal Required
→Notary may utilize both an ink stamp and an embossing seal if both device imprints are on file with the Department, and the notary's name appears exactly the same on both.

Authorized Duties
• take acknowledgments;
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• take verifications upon oath or affirmation;
• certify/attest copies;
• witness or attest signatures; and
• execute protests.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions: http://www.wdfi.org/Apostilles_Notary_Public_and_Trademarks/name_address_change.htm


Contact Information for the State of Wisconsin

State Notary Website
http://www.wdfi.org/Apostilles_Notary_Public_and_Trademarks/defaultNotary.htm

State of Wisconsin Online Notary Information Brochure
http://www.wdfi.org/Apostilles_Notary_Public_and_Trademarks/information_brochure.htm

State of Wisconsin Online Notary Search
https://www.wdfi.org/apps/NotarySearch/SearchCriteria.aspx

Phone Number
(608) 266-8915

Mailing Address
Department of Financial Institutions
Notary Records Section
P.O. Box 7847
Madison, WI 53707


Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(608) 266-8915

Further Information
http://www.wdfi.org/Apostille/default.htm



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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 July 2018.


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