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State Information for Wisconsin

Wisconsin Notary Public Commission Requirements and Information

Appointing Officer
Secretary of Financial Institutions

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 Apply
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

Term of Office
4 Year Term

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not Required
→Although not required by law the Department of Financial Services offers a FREE online Notary Public Tutorial on its website: 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;
take depositions;
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
WI Department of Financial Institutions
Notary Records Section
P.O. Box 7847
Madison, WI 53707-7846


Apostille Certification Information

Fees
$10.00 per document

Phone Number
(608) 266-8915

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

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

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