Utah 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 Utah.

 

Utah Notary Public: a person authorized to perform certain legal formalities such as: certifying copies, signature witnessing, jurats, acknowledgements, oaths and affirmations. A notary can also be referred to as a signing agent. The Utah Notary Public Study Guide and Handbook can be used as a reference.

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 Utah?

You must make an account with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. You will have to pay $30 for the online notary test. Once you've passed the test with a minimum score of 61/65 points, you will be able to complete the application. The application has a filing fee of $45. Additionally, you will have to submit a $5,000 bond and an oath of office.

Who can become a notary in Utah?

  • Must be age 18 or older
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or have a status of a permanent resident immigrant
  • Must be legally living in Utah for at least 30 days prior to sending an application
  • Must be able to read and write English

Where can I practice my notary services?

Anywhere in the state of Utah.

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?

Utah notaries are required to pass an online notary test that consists of 35 questions. To pass the exam, you will need to successfully earn at least 61 points out of a total of 65 potential points. You must pay the test fee of $35. You can take the exam on the Office of the Lieutenant Governor's website.

Do I need a bond or insurance?

As a Utah notary, you must have a $5,000 surety bond. 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 $45
  • Online notary exam is $30
  • 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 notary seal pre-inked or self-inking stamp will be customized with the following: Name, Notary Public, State of Utah, Commission Expiration Date, Commission Number and the image of the Great Seal of the State of Utah 1896. Your stamp must be a rectangle that is no larger than 1" x 2 1/2" with a border. Stamp must use purple ink.

  • Notary Records Journal

Although not required, this is best for keeping 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.