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Welcome to Notary Public 101

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 Delaware
Find a Notary Class in Delaware
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 Delaware notary public with Notary Rotary


  • Good character and reputation
  • A reasonable need for a notary commission
  • Legal residence within the State (except non-residents who maintain a Delaware workplace); and
  • Be at least 18 years of age

Notaries public are appointed for either a term of two years ($60.00 fee) or a term of four years ($90.00 fee.) New appointments may be for two years only.

Step 1: Complete and submit the notary public application online

New and renewing notaries public must create a notary profile. You will be required to provide an email address. Following that, please complete the online Delaware Notary Applicaton.

If you are a non-resident, but employed in the state you will need to download and complete the Affidavit of Nonresident Applicant

 Payment is taken online. See the fee schedule for details.

Step 2: Sign and take the Oath of Office

You will receive instructions in the email which contains your commission certificate. You must sign and take the Oath of Office before a notary public. The Find a Notary feature from Notary Rotary may be helpful in contacting a notary public.

After you have taken the Oath before a notary public, return a copy of your certificate to:

Secretary of State, Notary Division
401 Federal Street, Suite 3
Dover, DE, 19901

Step 3: Order your supplies from Notary Rotary and begin your duties as a notary public for the State of Delaware

Once you have recorded your commission with the Recorder of Deeds in your county, you should think about what supplies you might need. Delaware notaries public are required to use an official notary seal when performing notarizations. The Delaware notary seal stamp from Notary Rotary contains all required elements and will provide thousands of quality impressions before being reinked.

While the state does not require a notary public to keep a journal we recommend doing so as this record will provide the truth about what occured if a notarial act is ever called into question. The Modern Journal of Notarial Events, available in the online store makes an excellent Delaware notary journal. To order your supplies please visit the Notary Rotary Store. Enter all required information and scroll down to select any products you might need. 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 Delaware.

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