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State Information for West Virginia

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West Virginia Notary Public Commission Requirements

West Virginia Commission Qualifications
Applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a resident of the state of West Virginia or of another state and is regularly employed within the state of West Virginia;
• be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States;
• be able to read and write the English language;
• have a high school diploma or its equivalent; and
• not be disqualified to receive a commission by the following: http://www.wvlegislature.gov/WVCODE/ChapterEntire.cfm?chap=39&art=4§ion=21#04.

How to Become a West Virginia Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of West Virginia Secretary of State: http://www.sos.wv.gov/business-licensing/notaries/Pages/ApplyingforaNotaryPublicCommission.aspx

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State - Administers the application process and issues notary commissions.

Term of Office
5 year term

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not Required

Notary Bond Requirement
Bond no longer Required, Effective June 3, 2018.

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Not Required

Notary Seal Requirement
Ink Stamp Required, Paper Notarial Acts. Embossing Seal may be used ONLY in conjunction with ink stamp.
Electronic Notary Seal Required, Electronic Notarial Acts

Authorized Duties
• take acknowledgments;
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• verifications on oath or affirmation;
• witness or attest a signature;
• certify or attest copies;
• note protests.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the West Virginia Secretary of State: https://sos.wv.gov/business-licensing/notaries/Pages/MakingChangestoYourCurrentNotaryCommission.aspx


Contact Information for the State of West Virginia

State Notary Website
http://www.sos.wv.gov/business-licensing/notaries/Pages/default.aspx

State of West Virginia Online Notary Search
http://apps.sos.wv.gov/business/notary/

State of West Virginia Online Notary Handbook
https://sos.wv.gov/business-licensing/notaries/Documents/Notary%20Handbook%202016%20Update.pdf

Phone Number
(304) 558-8000

Mailing Address
Secretary of State
Notary Division
Bldg 1, Suite 157-K
1900 Kanawha Blvd E
Charleston, WV 25305-0770


Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(304) 558-6000

Further Information
https://sos.wv.gov/business-licensing/apostilles-authentications/Pages/default.aspx



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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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