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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 Massachusetts
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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 Massachusetts notary public with Notary Rotary, Inc.


To apply for appointment as a notary public for the state of Massachusetts an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Reside legally or conduct business on a regular basis within or in Massachusetts

Length of notary public commission:

A Massachusetts notary public commission lasts for a term of seven (7) years, unless sooner removed by the Governor with consent of the Governor's Council.  At the end of the seven-year commission, the Notary Public will have the option of applying for a renewal of this commission.

Step 1: Download and complete the Massachusetts notary public application

Massachusetts Notary Public Application

Once you have completed the application according to the instructions provided you will need to forward it to the following address:

Notary Public Office
Room 184, State House
Boston, MA 02133

Be sure you have followed all instructions and have completed the application in full before sending. Any errors or omissions on the application could result in a delay in processing.

Step 2: Follow the instructions provide by the Secretary of the Commonwealth to be sworn in and pay your commission fee

When your application is favorably considered, you will be notified by the Secretary of the Commonwealth who will include with the notification of your appointment the directions for being sworn in. At the same time you will be provided with instructions as to the manner and method for paying the $60 commission fee to the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Step 3: Order your supplies from Notary Rotary, Inc.

The State of Massachusetts requires that a notary public purchase his or her own official seal and register of official acts, or journal. You may elect to use either an embossing seal, the type that produces a raised impression on paper, or an ink stamp seal. The Massachusets notary stamp and the Massachusets embossing seal available from Notary Rotary meet all requirements for use by Massachusetts notaries public.

Non-attorney notaries public are required to keep a journal. Legal staff including paralegals and secretaries who are providing notary service in the context of their employment are exempt from the journal-keeping requirement. If you are required to, or choose to, keep a record of your notarial acts, Notary Rotary carries an exceptional Massachusetts notary journal.

When you are ready to order your supplies please visit the online store by clicking the following link: Massachusets Notary Supplies. Enter the store to view the entire catalogue of products available for Massachusetts notaries. Follow the onscreen instructions through the order process.  Your order will ship as soon as we are able to process it, usually within 2-3 days.

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


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