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Here, you can learn how to become a notary, how to renew your notary commission, and where to find educational opportunities for notaries public.

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Notary Education
Become a Notary in Connecticut
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Begin Notary Public 101

In most states, becoming a notary public involves meeting a number of requirements. Generally, you must be 18 years of age, not have a serious criminal history, and successfully complete an application process. In some states, the notary application process will require notary education (ranging from a simple online course to a notary class and competency exam) and a background check, as well as the purchase of a surety bond. A more thorough explanation for your state is described below.

Become a Connecticut notary public with Notary Rotary

Qualifications:

  • Any person who is a resident of Connecticut or who has his/her principal place of business in Connecticut and is eighteen years of age or older, may apply to become a Notary Public in the State of Connecticut.

 Notaries public for the State of Connecticut are appointed for a commission term of five (5) years.

Step 1: Download the Connecticut notary application form and notary public examination and complete them according to the instructions provided.

The application for appointment as notary public must be completed in the applicant's own handwriting, and filed, along with the nonrefundable statutory fee of $120.00, with the Office of the Secretary of the State. The application and examination forms can be downloaded from the Connecticut Secretary of State web site.

Incomplete and photocopied applications will be returned.

  • The entire six page, application must be filled out legibly in ink in your own handwriting. All of the questions must be answered completely.

  • An applicant must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of, or have a principal place of business in Connecticut.

  • The Certificate of Character on page 2 must be filled out completely and signed by a public official or a reputable business or professional person who must be unrelated to you and has personally known you for at least one year.

  • The Jurat on page 6 must be completed and sworn to before a notary public or other appropriate official.

All applicants must provide their residence address. Applicants who are non-residents must also provide the address of their principal place of business in Connecticut, which must be kept current because it affects your status as a notary public according to statutory requirements. All correspondence will be sent to your residence address. A business address will not be used. Mail can be sent to a Post Office Box only if mail delivery is not available at your residence address. 

The examination is incorporated into the notary public application form and must be completed by each applicant. All questions on the exam must be answered correctly before an applicant will be appointed a notary public. The questions may vary from application to application, but each version of the exam is intended to be a comprehensive test of the applicant's knowledge and ability to perform his/her duties and responsibilities as a notary public.

Step 2: Send completed application form and notary public examination to the office of the Secretary of State and wait for your commission certificate to arrive in the mail.

Once you have completed the application form and examination according to the instructions provided. Mail it, and a check or money order in the amount of $120.00 made payable to the “Secretary of State,” to the following address: 

Notary Public Unit
Office of the Secretary of the State
State of Connecticut 
P.O. Box 150470
Hartford, Connecticut 06115-0470 

Your application may be returned due to error or incompleteness. A letter identifying the error or omission will accompany the returned application. It will be your responsibility to make the necessary additions or corrections and return the application to the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth. No additional fee is required when resubmitting an application, unless one of the reasons for return was nonpayment or underpayment of the statutory application fee.

Step 3: Receive your Certificate of Appointment from the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth and prepare to take your oath of office.

Upon receiving the Certificate of Appointment, and before performing any notarial act, the notary must take an oath of office. The appointment and oath of office must be recorded within thirty, (30), days of having received the Certificate of Appointment with the town clerk in the town in which the notary resides. If the notary is a non-resident, the recording must be made with the town clerk of the town in which the notary's principal place of business is located.

When taking the oath of office, the applicant who is now the notary public would sign the Certificate of Appointment and the officer administering the oath of office would complete the jurat section of the certificate. The recording of the oath and appointment must also be confirmed on the certificate by the town clerk. After completing the mandatory recording described above, notaries may also record their certificate with the town clerk in other towns. This secondary recording is an option. The filing fee for recording the notary's commission and oath is $10.00, set by Section 7-34a of the Connecticut General Statutes.

Step 4: Order your official seal and other notarial supplies from Notary Rotary, Inc.

Once you have filed your certificate of appointment and taken your oath of office, you are ready to order your Notary Rotary notary supplies. Connecticut law does not require a notary to own and use a seal or stamp, but most notaries public do as a matter of convenience. The state of Connecticut does however prescribe the format of a notary seal stamp and the Connecticut Notary Stamp available from Notary Rotary meets these requirements. There is also no requirement that notaries maintain a journal of their notarial acts. However, it is the very strong recommendation of the Office of the Secretary of the State that they do so. The journal is a record of the notarial acts performed and could be vital in protecting the notary from possible liability. The Modern Journal of Notarial Events makes an excellent Connecticut notary journal and is also available in the Notary Supplies section of Notary Rotary.

Please visit the store at Notary Rotary by using the following link: Notary Supplies.  Enter all required information and scroll down to select the products of your choice.  Follow the onscreen instructions through checkout and your supplies will be sent to you as soon as your order can be processed, usually within 2-3 days.

As soon as you receive your supplies you will be ready to begin your duties as a commissioned notary public for the State of Connecticut.


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