Becoming a notary in Texas is a straightforward process. The simplest way to become a Texas notary is to choose an organization that can handle submitting your notary application to the state, issue a notary bond in the amount of $10,000 as required by the state, and manufacture your notary supplies once you are approved as a Texas notary. The organization should also be able to help in maintaining your Texas notary commission if you ever needed to update your name (due to a marriage or divorce) or address, or to help you answer questions related to notary laws during your four-year notary term.
Below are the steps to become a Texas notary
Complete an application to become a Texas notary –
You can complete a Texas notary application online or offline. You are required to enter the name you wish to use when you become a Texas notary. You may choose to apply using your legal name or any variation of your legal name. You are also required to enter your DOB, SS#, and Driver’s license number. If you have any criminal convictions, you must attach to your notary application documentation regarding your criminal convictions to assist the Secretary of State’s office in determining qualification. Processing time for applications with criminal convictions is approximately four to six weeks.
Purchase a Texas notary bond -
All Texas notaries are required to provide a $10,000 Texas notary bond when applying to become a Texas notary. The notary bond protects the public from any notary negligence or wrongdoing. The bond does not protect the notary.
Pay the State notary application filing fee -
Texas requires notaries to pay a $21.00 application fee. An application will be rejected if the fee is not included with the application.
Order a Texas notary stamp –
Every time you perform a notarial act, you are required to complete a notarial certificate, print your name as listed on your Texas notary commission, and affix your notary stamp. Texas law allows notaries to use an inked notary stamp or a notary metal seal embosser that makes a raised seal impression of the notary information.
Order a Texas notary record book -
Texas notary law requires that you enter certain information every time you perform a notarial act. The American Association of Notaries recommends that you purchase a record book that complies with Texas notary law in lieu of a generic one. The book must be perfectly bound with consecutively numbered pages and journal entries. (A notary’s record book may also be referred to as a “journal of notarial acts” or a “journal.”)
Take the oath of office -
Once you are approved as Texas notary, the Texas Secretary of State will mail or email you an oath of office form. Take the form to another notary to get the oath notarized and swear that you will perform your duties as required by law. You will not be recognized as a notary if you do not take this final step.
As the largest Texas-based notary organization, the American Association of Notaries, is best suited to help you become a Texas notary. We are a bonding agency approved by the State of Texas to sell surety notary bonds and we also manufacture in-house notary supplies at affordable prices. Click here to become a Texas notary.