Missouri 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 Missouri.

 

Missouri Notary Public: a person authorized to perform certain legal formalities such as certifying copies, administering oaths or affirmations, taking acknowledgements and performing any other duties the state permits. A notary can also be referred to as a signing agent. The Missouri Notary Public Handbook is a great reference.

How can I become a notary in Missouri?

You must read the Notary Public Handbook and complete a notary training course before submitting an application to the Secretary of State. Your application must be sent in with a certificate that proves you've completed training and a $25 filing fee.

Once approved, you must obtain a $10,000 bond, take an oath of office and provide an official signature within 90 days or your commission will be cancelled.

Who can become a notary in Missouri?

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a residence in the county where you are filing for commission
  • Must be a registered voter or resident alien the county you are applying to
  • If you are a non-resident, you must be employed in Missouri
  • Must be able to read and write in English
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony
  • Must not have had a commission revoked in the past 10 years

Where can I practice my notary services?

Anywhere in the state of Missouri.

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?

Missouri requires you to read the Notary Public Handbook and complete a training program that is offered by the Secretary of State. There is no exam, you just need to submit proof of course completion with your application.

Do I need a bond or insurance?

The purchase of a $10,000 bond is mandatory. 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

A self-inking or pre-inked stamp is required on all notarial acts. Your stamp must use black ink. The stamp is customized with the following information: Name, Notary Public, Notary Seal, State of Missouri, County, Commission Expiration Date and Identification Number.

  • Notary Records

Journal Journal of notarial acts is required because it makes it harder for pages to be misplaced and keeps all notarizing secure.

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?

The notary commission in Missouri is active for four years. After that, you will need to file for renewal.