New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire.

 

New Hampshire Notary Public: a person authorized to perform certain legal formalities such as: acknowledgements, jurats, oaths and affirmations, certify to attest copies, signature witnessing, take depositions and perform protests. A notary can also be referred to as a signing agent

How can I become a notary in New Hampshire?

You must submit a Notary Application to the Secretary of State with a filing fee of $75 and a form to request a State Police Records Check. When you get approved, you will need to take an oath of office in front of two notaries or two justices of the peace. These individuals must sign your commission and then you can mail it to the Clerk of Superior Court in your county.

Who can become a notary in New Hampshire?

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a permanent residency in New Hampshire
  • Must not have been convicted of a crime with the exception of a minor traffic violation
  • Two New Hampshire notaries and one registered voter need to endorse you

Where can I practice my notary services?

Anywhere in the state of New Hampshire.

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 no education or exam that is required of New Hampshire notaries.

Do I need a bond or insurance?

The state of New Hampshire does not require you to have a bond or insurance. Errors and Omissions insurance (E&O) is NOT required, but it is recommended for your protection against any claims of negligence.

What are the upfront costs?

  • The application filing fee is $75
  • 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

Your seal and stamp must contain the following information: Name, Notary Public, State of New Hampshire and My Commission Expires ____.

  • Notary Records Journal

This is not required, but it is strongly encouraged 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 be valid for five years. You should send in an application for renewal about 10 weeks prior to your commission expiration date.