Minnesota 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 Minnesota.

 

Minnesota Notary Public: a person authorized to perform certain legal formalities such as acknowledgements, oaths, affirmations, signature witnessing, depositions, protest instruments and certify copies. A notary can also be referred to as a signing agent.

How can I become a notary in Minnesota?

Complete and mail the Notary Application to the Secretary of State. There is a $120 filing fee that must be sent in with the application. Once approved, you must register your commission certificate with the county you are residing in with a $20 filing fee.

Who can become a notary in Minnesota?

  • Must be over the age of 18
  • Must be a resident of Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin

Where can I practice my notary services?

Anywhere in the state of Minnesota.

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?

The state of Minnesota does not require a test or exam to become a notary.

Do I need a bond or insurance?

It is not mandatory to obtain a bond in Minnesota. Errors and Omissions insurance (E&O) is NOT required, but it is recommended for your protection.

What are the upfront costs?

  • The application filing fee is $120
  • The price of the bonds and insurance will vary depending on the vendor
  • Prices on Notary Supplies may vary (Notary seal stamps and embossers)

What type of equipment will I need?

  • Notary Seal Stamp or Embosser

A stamp or embossed impression are required to authenticate all acts you perform. Your stamp must be a rectangle that is not larger than 3/4" x 2 1/2" with a serrated border. Your seal and stamp will have The Great Seal of the State of Minnesota 1858 along with your name, Notary Public, Minnesota and My Commission Expires____.

  • Notary Records Journal

Journal of notarial acts is suggested for keeping track of all notarization for your own protection because it 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, since being a notary grants you certain permissions and responsibilities, there is also 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?

A Minnesota notary public can have a valid commission for five years or less. Commission expires on January 31st five years after the date the commission was issued.