Nevada 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 Nevada.

 

Nevada Notary Public: a person authorized to perform certain legal formalities like acknowledgements, oaths and affirmations, jurats, signature witness, note protests of instruments, certify copies and perform marriages with permission from the county clerk. A notary can also be referred to as a signing agent.

How can I become a notary in Nevada?

You must complete a three hour notary class from a vendor that has been approved by the Secretary of State's Notary Division. Once the course is finished, you must pass an exam that is available online. The online training course will cost $45. The Application for Appointment as a Notary Public must be submitted with a $35 filing fee, proof of a $10,000 surety bond and your training certificate. Those who are not Nevada residents will need to provide proof of their employment.

Who can become a notary in Nevada?

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be U.S. citizen or legally permanent resident
  • Must be residing or regularly employed in Nevada
  • Must not have has a commission revoked

Where can I practice my notary services?

Anywhere in the state of Nevada.

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 notaries in Nebraska are required to take a three hour class that will provide all the knowledge needed to successfully be a notary. After the course, there is an exam that you must pass. This course and exam are offered online through the Secretary of State's Notary Division for a $45 fee. You do not have to take the course of exam through this office, but you must test through an approved vendor. When the time comes to renew your commission, you will need to retake the course and exam before reapplying.

Do I need a bond or insurance?

A surety bond of $10,000 is mandatory for Nebraska notaries. 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 $35
  • Online notary training class and exam is $45
  • The price of the bonds and insurance will vary depending on the vendor
  • If fingerprints are needed fees can vary based on location
  • 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 must be rectangular and no larger than 1" x 2 1/2" with a border. Your stamp will be customized with Name, Notary Public, State of Nevada, Appt. No. ____, My Appt. Expires ____ and the image of The Great Seal of the State of Nevada. Stamp must include the word Nonresident for those who are not a permanent resident of Nevada.

  • Notary Records Journal

This is a state requirement because it makes it harder for pages to be misplaced and keeps all notarizing secure in a bound booklet with numbered paged and a glossary of terms and procedures.

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.

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 notary public appointment will expire after four years.