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North Dakota 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 North Dakota.


North Dakota Notary Public: a person authorized to perform certain legal formalities such as: oaths and affirmations, acknowledgements, witness and attest signatures, certify copies, take verification on oath or affirmation and protest negotiable instruments. A notary can also be referred to as a signing agent

See our How to Become a Notary Infographic for an easy breakdown of the steps you will need to take.

How can I become a notary in North Dakota?

Provide the Secretary of State with your Notary Application, a $7,500 surety bond, proof of oath of office and $36 for a filing fee. Upon approval, you must send the Secretary of State the impression of your notary stamp to be kept on file.

Who can become a notary in North Dakota?

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be a U.S citizen, permanent legal resident or regular work in North Dakota
  • Must be capable of reading and writing in English

Where can I practice my notary services?

Anywhere in the state of North Dakota.

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 course or exam required by the state of North Dakota to become a notary.

Do I need a bond or insurance?

As a North Dakota notary, you must obtain a surety bond in the amount of $7,500. Errors and Omissions insurance (E&O) is optional, but recommended for your protection against any claims of negligence.

What are the upfront costs?

  • The application filing fee is $36
  • 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

Your stamp will include the following: Name, Notary Public, State of North Dakota and My Commission Expires ____. If round, your stamp can be no larger than 1 5/8" in diameter. If rectangular, your stamp must have a border and can be as large as 7/8" x 2 5/8".

  • Notary Records Journal

Not required, but highly recommended for keeping all notarization secure in a durable, 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 commission will be effective for six years. You can renew your application by mail at least 30 days prior to your commission expiration date.