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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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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 District of Columbia notary public with Notary Rotary

The Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications approves and commissions individuals as District of Columbia notaries public. The office commissions both new applicants and reappointments. The process for renewing a commission is the same as applying for an original commission.

Qualifications:

District of Columbia notaries public must be:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Be of good moral character
  • Live or work in the District of Columbia

Notaries public for the District of Columbia are appointed for a commission term of five (5) years. For additional information, you may visit the District of Columbia's notary public web site.

Step 1: Download and complete the District of Columbia's Notary Public Application and collect the other required items

  • Applications may be picked up at 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 810 South, or download the District of Columbia notary public application [PDF].
  • Applications must be typed, signed and dated within 30 days of the date of submission.
  • A letter stating the need for notary services must be prepared by the applicant's employer and submitted with the application. If self-employed, submit the request on company letterhead. The letter submitted must address the need for service provision and how it will positively impact the District of Columbia.

Step 2: Submit the application to the Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications

  • Mail or deliver the completed application, $75 fee and related materials to the following address:

Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications (ONCA)
441 4th Street, NW
Suite 810 South
Washington, DC 20001

  • Fees must be paid with a check or money order. No cash is accepted for notary applications.

Step 3: Complete mandatory orientation

  • Within three weeks of the submission of an application, a representative from the Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications will contact new applicants to schedule a mandatory orientation. The communication should arrive via email unless you do not have an email address. Otherwise, you will be contacted by telephone.
  • Once mandatory orientation is completed, the office will send candidates a notice letter that contains their commission date and other pertinent information, as well as a bond form, if indicated. The notice and bond form should arrive within a two week period subsequent to attendance at the mandatory orientation.

Step 4: Order your official surety bond, embossing seal, and other supplies from Notary Rotary

Once you have received the information from the Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications regarding your commission, you will need to order your notary supplies.

The District of Columbia requires all notaries public to purchase a $2,000.00 surety bond before taking the oath of office. Before performing notarial acts as a District of Columbia notary public, one must also obtain an embossing seal and some form of notarial journal to keep record of all notarial acts performed.

Notary Rotary can provide the bond, the District of Columbia embossing seal, which meets all D.C. requirements, and the Modern Journal of Notarial Events, a journal specifically designed for notaries public. Please visit the Notary Rotary online store to purchase your District of Columbia notary supplies. Enter all required information and scroll down to purchase your official bond, embossing seal, journal, and any other supplies. Follow the onscreen instructions through checkout and your order will ship as soon as it can be processed, usually within 2-3 days.

Step 5: Collect the required items and take the oath of office

Once secured, the notary candidate will bring the bond and notary supplies with them to take their oath of commission in the Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications, 441 4th Street NW, Suite 810 South.

Step 6: Complete a required signature card and keep it on file with ONCA

District of Columbia notaries public are required to complete the official signature card that is provided as part of the commissioning process. The signature card contains the address and telephone number of the location where the notary will carry out his/her duties, the notary’s signature, and one impression of his/her seal. The signature on the signature card must be the same used when notarizing documents. Any notarial transaction performed by a notary who does not have a signature card on file with ONCA is void. ONCA will not authenticate such documents.


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