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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.

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

How can I become an Oklahoma notary?

You can complete the online Oklahoma 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 an Oklahoma 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?

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