To become a Texas notary, an individual must meet the eligibility requirements (i.e., be over the age 18 and a state resident), and complete and submit a signed notary application Form #2301
(Application for Appointment as Texas Notary Public). Along with the form, applicants must submit proof of a $10,000 notary bond and a $21.00 application fee.
When completing the Texas notary application, make sure all information on the application is typed or printed legibly using black ink.
Things to remember when completing the notary application
It is important to be honest and truthful when completing the notary application. If it is determined that you misstated any information on the notary application, your notary appointment may be delayed or denied. If the misstatements are discovered later on, your commission can be revoked or suspended and you may be denied any future consideration for a notary appointment. You may also be subject to criminal prosecution on a charge of perjury.
Information required on the notary application
A properly completed notary application will contain the following information:
- The applicant’s:
- Name (exactly as it will be used as a notary)
- Mailing address
- County of residence
- Date of birth
- Driver’s license number (or the number of an alternate official state-issued identification)
- Social Security number
- A convictions questionnaire, answered accurately
- A bond section signed by a bonding agency such as the American Association of Notaries
- A Statement of Officer executed as required by the Texas Constitution, Article 16, Section 1(b)
- A $21.00 state application fee
Your personal information is not shared
All of the information on the Texas notary application except for the applicant’s Social Security number and driver’s license number are public records, meaning they are available to the public to view upon request or they are available to view on the Secretary of State’s website. If security concerns are an issue, you are not required to use your home address on the application as the mailing address.
The Secretary of State’s office may require additional information to determine if an applicant is eligible for a notary commission or may deny a notary appointment for “good cause” as prescribed in Tex. Gov’t. Code Ann. §406.009
Fastest way to become a Texas notary
The easiest and quickest way to apply to become a Texas notary is through a one-stop-shop bonding agency such as the American Association of Notaries, which will file the notary application on your behalf with the State, issue your notary bond, and manufacture Texas notary stamp according to notary law specifications. The approval process usually takes seven to fourteen business days if all of the information included on the application is correct.
The American Association of Notaries recommends that every Texas notary keep a copy of the application in his or her files so that it is readily accessible if the notary needs to contact the Secretary of State, the bonding agency, or the surety company at a later time.