U.S. Virgin Islands 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 U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

U.S. Virgin Islands Notary Public: a person authorized to perform certain legal formalities such as: acknowledgements, oaths and affirmations and any acts authorized by law for notaries. A notary can also be referred to as a signing agent. The Notary Public Handbook United States Virgin Islands is a good reference guide.

How do I become a notary in U.S. Virgin Islands?

First you must complete the notary application package which requires you to submit a criminal records report, two character reference letters, proof of citizenship that includes a photo and an affidavit that has been signed and notarized. If you are an attorney, you will need to submit a certificate of good standing from the superior court of the Virgin Islands.

After your application has been reviewed and you have been found eligible for appointment, you will need to pay a $100 commission fee and send that to the Government of the Virgin Islands along with a $5,000 surety bond.

When you have been approved, you will need to purchase you notary seal embosser and submit a copy of your embossing to the Superior Court.

Who can become a notary in U.S. Virgin Islands?

  • Must be age 21 or older
  • Must be a resident of the U.S. Virgin Islands for at least 5 years from your application date
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must not have been convicted of a crime

Where can I practice my notary services?

Anywhere in the jurisdiction of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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?

The U.S. Virgin Islands does not require notaries to take a course or test. If you would like to be more familiar with notary laws and regulations, you can use the Notary Public Handbook as a reference.

Do I need a bond or insurance?

Notaries are required to have a notary bond in the amount of $5,000. 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 $100 for new notaries and $75 for renewing notaries
  • There is an annual fee of $25 that is due on January 1st of each year
  • 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 Embosser

Your notary seal embossing will be customized with Name, Notary Public, District, USVI and Commission Expiration Date. Seal impression inker is recommended to make your official seal able to be reproduced.

  • Notary Records Journal

Keeps all notarial acts in chronological order with numbered pages 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?

There is a four year term for notaries in the U.S. Virgin Islands.