Vermont 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 Vermont.

 

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

How can I become a notary in Vermont?

You must complete an Application of Notary Public and an Official Oath and Affirmation. These must be submitted to the county clerk with a filing fee of $30.

Who can become a notary in Vermont?

  • Must be age 18 or older
  • Must be employed in or a resident of Vermont
  • Must be employed in or a resident of the county you apply to

Where can I practice my notary services?

Anywhere in the state of Vermont.

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?

No training or testing is needed for Vermont notaries.

Do I need a bond or insurance?

Bonds and insurance are not mandatory for Utah notaries. 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 $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?

There is no required supplies in Vermont, but the following are considered best practice:

  • Notary Seal Stamp or Embosser

Your notary seal will contain the following information: Name, Notary Public and State of Vermont. It it optional to include your commission expiration date, but if you choose not to, you should have a separate stamp for that.

  • Notary Records Journal

Although not required, this is ideal for keeping all notarization 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?

Vermont notaries all expire on the same date. If you sign up February 1-10 of the year of expiration, your commission would last for four years. The current commission is expiring February 10, 2019 and following that, the expiration date will be February 10, 2023.