Notary Public Instructions

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.

Electronic Notary

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, 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.

System Upgrade In Progress

Campaign Finance, Lobbyist Reporting, and Online Voter Tools are expected to be offline from April 9th at 5:00 p.m. MDT, through April 12th at 8:00 a.m. MDT to complete a system upgrade.

Per Idaho Code 67-6607, campaign finance is reported monthly during a campaign’s election year. The deadline for the March report falls on Saturday, April 10th. Due to the interruption caused by this upgrade, political treasurers will be allowed to file the March report until 11:59 p.m. MDT on Monday, April 12th.

While we do our best to ensure compliance with all deadlines in statute, the timing of this release is critical to ensure minimal (or no) impact to the May election cycle. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.