Connecticut Notary Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a new notary public? This is a list of our most frequently asked questions about becoming a notary
and what supplies you will need in the state of Connecticut.

 

Connecticut Notary Public: a person authorized to perform certain legal formalities such as: acknowledgements, oaths, affirmations, jurats, take depositions, issue subpoenas fro civil actions and probate proceedings, copy certification of certain documents and execute protests. A notary can also be referred to as a signing agent.

How do I become a notary in Connecticut?

You must complete the Application for Appointment as a Notary Public by hand. You must obtain a perfect score on the written exam. Additionally, you will need to have a public official or reputable professional, who is unrelated and has known you for at least one year, to complete a Certificate of Character. Your application and $120 filing fee can be submitted once it has been notarized. An oath of office with need to be taken once the Secretary of State has received the appointment certificate.

Who can become a notary in Connecticut?

  • Must be age 18 or older
  • Must be a Connecticut resident or have a principal place of business in the state

Where can I practice my notary services?

Anywhere in the state of Connecticut.

Who can I notarize for?

You can notarize for any member of the public who makes a sensible request and meets all the requirements for notarization. For Example: Must have proof of identity and be physically present.

What kind of training do I need?

All applicants are required by the state of Connecticut to complete a written exam with a score of 100%. It is intended to be a comprehensive test of notary knowledge. The Notary Public Manual can be a good resource regarding the notary guidelines in Connecticut.

Do I need a bond or insurance?

A bond is not a requirement for notaries in Connecticut. Errors and Omissions insurance (E&O) is optional, but it is recommended.

What are the upfront costs?

  • Processing application filing fee is $120 or $60 for those who are reapplying
  • There is a $10 filing fee to record a notary's oath
  • Prices of bonds vary based on vendors
  • Prices on Notary Supplies may vary (Notary seal stamps and embossers)

What type of equipment will I need?

  • Connecticut does not require any equipment, but the following are considered best practice
  • Notary Seal Stamp or Embosser
    If you choose to use a notary seal, it must contain the following: Notary Name, Notary Public and the State of Connecticut. It is optional to include your Expiration Date, but be aware that it is required to be somewhere on all notarization.
  • Notary Records Journal
    It is encouraged that you maintain a bound journal for your own protection because it keeps your notarization organized and makes it harder for pages to be misplaced or removed.

Should I get business cards or marketing materials?

Although not a requirement, if you believe it is helpful for your business to have these, then it is a good idea. If you work for a company as a notary singing agent, then discuss with them if this would be necessary.

Is there legal risk?

Yes, being a notary grants you certain permissions and responsibilities and there is the need for insurance which was noted earlier.

How much legal risk will I face?

Risk should be assessed on a case by case basis, but being a notary signing agent comes with the responsibility of fully understanding the risks involved. Having E&O Insurance can potentially reduce your exposure to risk.

How long does my commission last?

In Connecticut a notary's commission is valid for five years.