Mississippi 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 Mississippi.

 

Mississippi Notary Public: a person authorized to perform certain legal formalities such as witnessing signatures, protesting instruments, performing jurats, administering oaths or affirmation and taking acknowledgments. A notary can also be referred to as a signing agent

How can I become a notary in Mississippi?

Complete the Notary Application and submit it with a $5,000 bond, an official oath of office and filing fee of $25.

Who can become a notary in Mississippi?

  • Must be the age of 18 or older
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident
  • Must be a resident of Mississippi and have resided in the county of residence for at least 30 days
  • Must be able to read and write in English
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony

Where can I practice my notary services?

Anywhere in the state of Mississippi.

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?

There is not testing or courses required to become a notary in Mississippi.

Do I need a bond or insurance?

You must purchase a $5,000 bond. 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 $25 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 seal and stamp are required to have the following information: Name, Notary Public, State of Mississippi, Identification Number, County and Expiration Date. Round seals must have a diameter of no less than 1 1/2" and can be no larger than 2 1/2". Rectangle seals cannot be larger than 1" x 2 1/2".

Notary Records Journal

  • Journal of notarial acts is required 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?

Your Mississippi commission will be valid for four years.