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.
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: Complete the District of Columbia's Online Notary Public Application
Step 2: Complete mandatory orientation
- Within approximately 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 3: 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 4: 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. If appearance is not made within 60 days of receipt of the Appointment Notice, the commission will be cancelled and you will need to re-apply.