Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma.

 

Oklahoma Notary Public: a person authorized to perform certain legal formalities such as: acknowledgements, oaths, affirmations, jurats, take depositions, issue subpoenas fro civil actions and probate proceedings, copy certification of certain documents and execute protests. A notary can also be referred to as a signing agent.

How can I become a notary in Oklahoma?

You can complete the online Notary Application that is on the Secretary of State website. The application has a filing fee of $25. You will have 60 days, starting the day you receive your commission, to obtain a surety bond of $1,000, take an oath of office, official signature, purchase an official notary seal and pay a $10 filing fee to the Secretary of State.

Who can become a notary in Oklahoma?

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be a U.S. citizen that is legally residing or regularly employed in Oklahoma
  • Must not have any felony convictions
  • Must be capable of reading and writing in English

Where can I practice my notary services?

Anywhere in the state of Oklahoma.

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?

Oklahoma does not require notaries to take an exam or a notary course.

Do I need a bond or insurance?

Oklahoma requires a surety bond of $1,000 for all new and renewing notaries. 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 $25 for new notaries
  • The application filing fee for renewals is $20
  • 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 will include the following: Name, Notary Public, State of Oklahoma, Commission Expiration Date and Commission Number. If you choose an embosser, you must get seal impression inker for the seal to be reproduced when copied.

  • Notary Records Journal

Not mandatory equipment, but strongly suggested 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?

A notary commission in Oklahoma is effective for four years. Six weeks before the expiration date of your commission, you can apply to renew your commission.