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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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Become a Notary in Iowa
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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 an Iowa notary public with Notary Rotary, Inc.


To become commissioned as a notary public for the State of Iowa you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Not be disqualified from voting either because they have been convicted of a felony or adjudged mentally incompetent to vote
  • Be a resident of the state of Iowa or a resident of a state bordering Iowa if their place of work or business is in Iowa
  • File an application and $30 filing fee with the Secretary of State

Duration of commissions:

  • For a resident of Iowa, the term is three years.
  • For residents of bordering states, whose place of work or business is in Iowa, the term is one year.

For additional information, please visit the Iowa Secretary of State Notary Public web site.

Step 1:  Download and complete the Iowa notary public application 

The application to become a notary public for the state of Iowa is available for download here: Iowa notary public application

The application includes detailed instructions on the correct way to complete it. Please follow the provided instructions exactly as any discrepancies in the application will result in delays or a refusal to grant your commission.

Step 2: Mail your completed application and fees to the Secretary of State

Once you have completed the application and reviewed it for completeness and accuracy, mail it and a check or money order in the amount of $30.00, made payable to the "Secretary of State," to the following address and wait for your commission information:

Secretary of State
Notary Public Clerk
Lucas Building, 1st Floor
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

Step 3: Order your official seal and other notarial products from Notary Rotary, Inc.

One you receive your commission information from the state you will be able to order your supplies from Notary Rotary. Please visit our store by clicking on the following link: Iowa Notary Supplies 

Fill out the required information and place an order for your Iowa notary seal and any other supplies you may need. The state of Iowa does not require notaries to keep a journal, but it is highly recommended.  A journal serves as a permanent record of notarizations you perform. When making journal entries:

  1. Complete the entry in ink; do not use a pencil.
  2. Enter the data before the notarial certificate is complete to prevent the signer from leaving before all data is recorded.
  3. Record all notarizations - even the requests for notarization that you have refused.

The Modern Journal of Notarial Events, offered by Notary Rotary, was specifically designed for notaries and includes many features not available in other journals.

Once you receive your seal and supplies you will be ready to begin your duties as a notary public for the State of Iowa.

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