Notary Public – New Commission or Recommission*
- Purchase an Idaho notary bond. You can do so by contacting an insurance agent.
- Complete the Notary Public Application Form
- Submit the bond and application form to the Secretary of State with the $30.00 filing fee.
- The Notary Certificate that you receive from the Secretary of State grants you the authority to purchase a stamping device.
Once you have purchased your stamping device your commission is complete.
Recommissioning notaries can continue to use their current stamping devices.
More information about stamping devices can be found here.
* Commissions are not renewed. You simply re-apply for another 6 year commission by filling out the application form and getting a new bond. You do not need to obtain a new rubber stamp seal if you already have one. You can apply for a new commission up to 90 days prior to your current commission lapsing. We do not send renewal reminders.
Beginning July 1, 2017 commissioned notaries may become authorized to perform electronic notarial acts by registering with the Secretary of State.
To do so, you must file an “Addition of Electronic or Remote Online Notary” amendment to your account on sosbiz.idaho.gov, or file the paper form: Authorization for Electronic Notarization (NOTE: Filing paper forms will incur a $20 manual processing fee).
In preparing the amendment or form, you must select a tamper-evident technology for use in electronic notarization.
It is the responsibility of the notary to ensure that the technology is sufficiently tamper-evident, pursuant to 51-120, Idaho Code (2017).
If you are uncertain, or need further information to select your electronic notary technology, please refer to the National Electronic Notary Standards adopted by the National Association of Secretaries of State, for guidance.
For additional information about electronic notaries in Idaho, please read our Electronic Notary FAQ.