Notary Public Applications

Becoming a Notary Public or renewing my Notary Public commission

  • The office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth is responsible for commissioning Notaries Public in Virginia.  Visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Notary website for up-to-date information
  • A Notary Public claims the commission and qualifies by taking an oath in a circuit court clerk’s office 

To apply

Use one of the following methods to apply:

Claiming your commission and taking the oath to qualify as Notary Public

  • After the Secretary of the Commonwealth notifies you that your commission has been issued, call us to confirm that we have received it before coming in to take your oath
  • Pick up the commission and take the oath at the reception desk in the clerk's office
  • A $10 fee is due to the clerk’s office when you claim the commission. We accept cash, check (payable to Clerk of Circuit Court) and money orders
  • Bring the confirmation letter received from the Secretary of the Commonwealth and a photo I.D.
  • By law, you must claim your commission within 60 days after it is issued or you must start the application process over

Forms and Documents