Nevada Secretary of State

In order to process applications timely, please make sure you submit a completed application and any required documentation. Failure to do so will result in your application being rejected.

By way of reminder for new and returning notaries, legislation (AB 65) passed and was codified as NRS. 240.018

, which affects notarial law. Those changes are as follows:

  • All new and renewing notary applicants will now be required to take and pass an exam as part of the notary training requirement.
  • The notary training has dropped to 3 hours in length.
  • The notary training and exam are now being offered online.
  • The notary application has been updated to reflect new required information from applicants.

Online webcam notarizations are not permitted in the State of Nevada. A person seeking a notarization is required to personally appear before a notary public and sign the document in the presence of the notary. Appearance via a webcam or other electronic medium such as Skype does not meet Nevada’s law governing personal appearance. Please be aware of any online notarization service being offered by a private company. If you have any questions, please contact the Notary Division at 775-684-5708.

Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming a Notary

How to Become a Nevada Notary if you are a Resident of Nevada

To become a notary in the state, you must: (1) be a U.S. citizen or a lawfully admitted permanent resident; (2) be at least 18 years of age; (3) be a resident of the state; (4) possess your civil rights (a felon cannot be a notary); and (5) have never had your notary commission revoked in another state. You must attend a 3-hour notary training class through the Secretary of State’s Notary Division and pass an exam. You must also enter into a bond to the State of Nevada in the sum of $10,000. The bond is filed with the county clerk of the county in which you reside. You are then given your oath of public office and the clerk gives you a filing notice. You must submit a notary application, filing notice, and an application fee of $35 to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State will then issue a Certificate of Appointment.

Each notary must obtain a stamp for authenticating notarial acts. You will need a certified copy of your Certificate of Appointment to obtain a notary stamp. You must also maintain a journal of all transactions. Your application remains on file with the Secretary of State.

How to Become a Nevada Notary if you are a Resident of a Bordering State

To become a non-resident notary, you must meet the same qualifications as stated above, except you must be a resident of a bordering state instead of Nevada and you must be regularly employed in Nevada. You will submit two affidavits. You will need to submit the “Non-resident Notary Public Affidavit” and your employer will need to complete the “Affidavit of Applicant’s Employer.” If you are self-employed, you will complete the “Affidavit of Self-Employer Applicant.” In addition, you must provide a copy of the Nevada State Business license from the company in which you are employed.

The only states that qualify as a bordering state are as follows: California, Oregon, Utah, Idaho & Arizona.

Follow the same procedure as above, submitting the appropriate affidavits with your application, a copy of the Nevada State Business License, filing notice, and application fee to the Secretary of State.

For additional questions regarding notary public appointments, please contact 775-684-5708.

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