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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 Vermont
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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 Vermont notary public with Notary Rotary, Inc.

Qualifications: 

A person who wishes to become a notary public must be appointed by an assistant judge in the county in which he or she resides. The certificate of appointment must be filed and recorded in the office of the county clerk where issued.

Before entering upon the duties of the office, a notary public, as well as an ex officio notary, must take the oath prescribed by the constitution, and “shall duly subscribe the same with his or her correct signature” (24 V.S.A. § 442). The signed oath must also be kept on file by the county clerk as a part of the county records.
 
If you are a non-resident, you may be appointed as a Vermont notary if you residein New Hampshire, Massachusetts or New Yorkand maintain or are regularly employed in aplace of business in Vermont. You shouldapply to the county clerk of the county inwhich the business is located. As a non-resident notary, you are required to informthe superior court judges of any change ofresidence or place of employment.

Term of Office:


Notaries public hold office until ten days after the term of the appointing assistant judges expires, which is on the same date, every four years.

For example, if a notary's current commission expires February 10, 2015. A notary who wishes to maintain his or her commission without interruption should seek reappointment from an assistant judge in the county in which he or she resides between February 1 and 10, 2015.

Step 1: Fill out the Vermont notary public application and take the oath of office

Vermont Notary Public Application  The appointment, certification, and oath are contained in this one form.

Fill out the application and take the oath of office before a current notary public or other officer as prescribed by law. 

This officer may be a justice of the supreme court, superior judge, assistant judge, justice of the peace, judge of the district court, or the presiding officer, secretary or clerk of either house of the general assembly or the governor. If the officer is a notary public, that notary need not affix his or her official seal to the certificate of an oath.  County clerks and clerks of the district court may certify the oaths administered by them under the seal of the court. 

The applicant must then sign the oath form, and have it signed by the officer administering the oath.

Step 2: Present the completed application to the county clerk

Present the completed application, along with a $30 fee made payable to the Superior Court of Vermont, to the county clerk in the county in which you reside, for filing and recording.  This may be done in person or by mail. 

Your notary commission will become active as soon as your application is approved and filed.

Step 3: Order any supplies you may need from Notary Rotary, Inc.

The State of Vermont does not require the use of a Vermont notary seal when performing notarial acts. It is generally considered a good idea to use one both for the sake of convenience, as one stamp is easier than writing out the required information, and because some states require the use of the notary seal and documents destined for those states may be rejected if a seal is not used.

The state of Vermont also does not require the use of a journal or notarial record book. However, we always advise notaries to obtain one. A journal or record book is a good way to provide proof if one of your official acts is ever called into question. The Modern Journal of Notarial Events by Notary Rotary, Inc. is an excellent journal designed specifically for notaries public.

Please visit the Notary Rotary online store using the following link: Vermont Notary Supplies.  Enter the store to purchase your Vermont notary sealModern Journal of Notarial Events, and any other supplies you may need. To order, enter the required information, scroll down through the page to locate and select the desired products, and follow the instructions through checkout.

Your order will be processed as quickly as possible, usually shipping in 1-2 days.

Once you receive your supplies from Notary Rotary, Inc. you will be ready to begin acting in your official capacity as a notary public for the State of Vermont.


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