Texas 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 Texas.

 

Texas Notary Public: a person authorized to perform certain legal formalities such as: oaths and affirmations, depositions, certify copies, acknowledgements and protest instruments. A notary can also be referred to as a signing agent.

How can I become a notary in Texas?

You must complete a Form 2301 Application for Appointment as a Texas Notary Public and submit it to the Notary Public Unit of the Secretary of State. You must provide a surety bond of $10,000, unless you are a state employee, and take an oath of office. Your application has a filing fee of $21.

Who can become a notary in Texas?

  • Must be age 18 or older
  • Must be a Texas resident
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony or crime involving moral wrongdoing

Where can I practice my notary services?

Anywhere in the state of Texas.

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?

Texas does not make an exam or course mandatory for notaries.

Do I need a bond or insurance?

Texas notaries are required to have a surety bond that is $10,000. You do not need this bond if you are a state employee, but you will need to submit verification of employment to submit with your application. Errors and Omissions insurance (E&O) is optional, but recommended for your protection against any claims of negligence or damages that result from misconduct.

What are the upfront costs?

  • The application filing fee is $21
  • 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 notary seal will be customized with the following: Name, Notary Public, State of Texas, Notary Identification Number, Commission Expiration Date and the image of the Notary Public State of Texas Seal. If round, it can be no larger than 2" in diameter. If rectangular, it cannot be larger than 1" x 2 1/2" with a serrated border.

  • Notary Records Journal

The best way to keep all notarization standardized in chronological order thanks to the 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 commission will be effective for four years and can be renewed 90 days before your notary term ends.