Notary Bulletin

How Do I ... Change My Commission Status?

Any time you change your name or address, it must be communicated to your state’s Notary Public authority as soon as possible.

It is imperative that the state keep track of its Notaries so it knows the availability of notarial services for its residents.

Many states have statutes covering changes in your commission and often give a timeframe by which the Notary Public authority must be notified, e.g., 30 days after the move to a residence. If you’ve moved within your jurisdiction or if you have changed your name, you also may be required to re-file your bond and arrange to get a new seal. If the latter is the case, you may not be allowed to perform any notarizations until your new, correct seal arrives in your mailbox, so make sure you plan ahead to avoid any interruption in your ability to perform notarizations.

Some states will allow Notaries to retain their commission if they’ve moved to another state and continue to do business in the one where they have their commission. But don’t assume this is the case. If your state doesn’t allow this, you will have to resign your commission and get a new one in the state to which you have moved. Again, this may have to be handled in a specific manner and period of time.

If you have any questions about changes in your commission status, contact your Notary Public authority for guidance.

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