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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 an Indiana notary public with Notary Rotary

Qualifications: 

An applicant for commission to become a notary public must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be at least eighteen (18) years of age
  2. Be a legal resident of Indiana

No person convicted of a crime receiving a sentence exceeding six months imprisonment may be a notary public.

Notaries public are appointed for eight-year (8) terms.  A notary public has statewide jurisdiction but may not be compelled to act outside the limits of the county in which he/she resides.

Step 1: Purchase an Indiana $5,000 surety bond

Visit the Notary Rotary store to purchase the $5,000 surety bond required by the state of Indiana. You will need the bond type and bond number when filling in your online application.

Step 2: Submit your Indiana notary public application online

Please visit the Indiana Secretary of State Notary Public web page to fill out the application and take the oath of office through the online feature. Each application requires a $10 fee. Remember, you must first go to the Notary Rotary online store to purchase your Indiana $5,000 surety bond.  This includes a voucher for a $5,000 notary errors and omissions insurance policy as well.

It is suggested that a notary use one of the following when choosing their official name:

  • Both his/her first and middle names
  • First name with middle initial
  • Initial and middle name along with his/her surname

Once you receive the application and bond form from Notary Rotary, Inc., complete the application according to the provided instructions and prepare to submit the application to the Secretary of State.

Step 3: Purchase your notary seal and other Indiana notary supplies from Notary Rotary

The State of Indiana requires all notaries public to own and use an official Indiana notary seal when performing any notarial act.

Once you have received your commission, return to the Notary Rotary online store to order any other supplies you may need. If you are planning to redeem the voucher for errors and omissions insurance that is included with the bond and application forms, you will need to follow the instructions on your invoice.  

Although there is no requirement for Indiana notaries public to keep a record of their notarial acts it is recommend. The Modern Journal of Notarial Events was specifically designed for notaries public and contains features not available in other journals.  A record of notarial acts may help to provide evidence of what transpired in the event one of your notarial acts is called into question. After you have determined what supplies you will need, simply place the order exactly as you did when ordering the bond. When you receive your supplies from Notary Rotary, you will be prepared to undertake your duties as an Indiana notary public.


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