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Download your Missouri Notary Application and Written Notary Training Course from the Missouri Secretary of State website. Complete the application and Written Notary Training Course and forward them to the NNA. Your $25 state application fee is included your package. A separate check is not required.
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Become or Renew Missouri Notary - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long is the process for becoming a Missouri Notary?
A: All New York Notary commissions are issued for a four-year term of office.
Q: How long is the appointment term?
A: All commissions are issued for a four-year term of office.
Q: What is the educational training required?
A: As a condition for initial commission AND reappointment, Notaries Public are required to complete a written training course OR online training course. Documentation of these courses must be mailed with your Notary application.
Q: Can an individual who works in Missouri, but lives in another state be commissioned in Missouri?
A: Yes. The law allows non-residents to obtain a Missouri Notary commission if they work in Missouri. However, Notaries may only use their commission in the course of employment. Non-resident applicants can download their application here: http://www.sos.mo.gov/forms/commissions/comm_53.pdf
Q: Can applicants with a criminal record be considered for a Notary commission?
A: Applicants who have a criminal record must submit a written statement with their application explaining the charge, when it occurred, and any circumstances they wish to be considered, along with any supporting documents. The statement will be reviewed and a recommendation will be made to the Secretary of State regarding a final decision to accept or reject the application.
Q: Should applicants have their Notary application and the bond form notarized?
A: No. Neither form requires notarization.
Q: What is the process for taking the oath of office?
A: After your application is approved, you should receive a commission letter from the Secretary of State's office within 10 days. To be recognized as a Notary, you must go to the clerk's office in the county you live in within 90 days, take your oath of office and file your bond.
Q: Are Missouri Notaries required to keep a journal of records?
A: Yes. Missouri Notaries are required to keep a permanently bound journal of their Notary acts. Each Notary shall keep a permanently bound journal of his or her notarial acts containing numbered pages, except those notarial acts connected with judicial proceedings, and those for whose public record is publicly filed within 90 days of execution.
Q: Are seals required?
A: Yes. Missouri law requires every Notary to use either an engraved embosser seal or a black inked rubber stamp seal on every Notary certificate. The Notary must also type, print or have a rubber stamp in print not smaller than eight-point type with certain information on every completed Notary certificate: their exact name as it appears on their commission, "Notary Public," "State of Missouri," their expiration date and the county for which they are commissioned.
Q: What is the minimum bond requirement for Missouri Notaries?
A: Missouri Notaries are required to execute a $10,000 bond. The bond should be executed within 90 days after the application is submitted to the Missouri Secretary of State. The bond must be written for a term of four years, covering the same dates as the term of office.
Q: How does the state required bond differ from Errors & Omissions Insurance?
A: The executed bond is for the protection of the Notary's customer only, and a Notary must repay any amount paid out on his/her behalf to the surety company. A Notary may also purchase errors and omissions insurance for their own protection in the event that the Notary commits a negligent act or makes an error or omission while acting in his/her official capacity.
Q: What happens if a Notary has a name change during their commission?
A: The Secretary of State requires Notaries to complete and submit a Change of Name amendment form within 30 days of the name change. Download the form here: http://www.sos.mo.gov/forms/commissions/comm_54.pdf.
In addition to the amendment form, notaries must pay a fee and submit a rider from the bonding company indicating the name change and return their current commission certificate. The state allows Notaries to continue to notarize under their previous name up until the time the Secretary of State processes the name change.
Once the amendment has been made by the state, the commission notice will be sent directly to the Notary at their residence address. The Secretary of State's office will notify the appropriate county clerk of the name change. Additionally, Notaries must also have a new stamp and/or embosser made with their new name as commissioned.
This amendment form is also required to be filed should the Notary's county of residence change.