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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 Minnesota
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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 Minnesota notary public with Notary Rotary, Inc.


  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be either a Minnesota resident or a resident of a county in Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin that shares a boundary with Minnesota

Length of Appointment:

A notary commissioned for the state of Minnesota holds office for five years, unless sooner removed by the governor or the district court, or by action of the commissioner.

Step 1: Download and complete the application to become a Minnesota notary public.

Minnesota Notary Public Application

Download and complete the application according to the instructions provided. Review the application for completeness and accuracy before mailing to the following address:

Office of the Secretary of State
60 Empire drive, Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55103

Make sure to include a check or money order made payable to the "Office of the Secretary of State", in the amount of $120.00, to cover the application fee. The office of the Secretary of State advises that you not send cash through the mail.

Step 2: Receive your commission certificate and register with the county.

Once received, the application will be reviewed for compliance. Once approved, your commission certificate is sent by U.S. mail. You must register your commission with your county of residence and a registration fee of $20 will be collected pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 357.021.

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

Upon receipt of your commission you must purchase a Minnesota notary seal stamp. While Minnesota law does not require a journal, it is prudent of a notary public to keep one. The Minnesota journal is used to record all notarial acts performed, which could include the date and time of the act, the type of act, a description of the document, signature of each principal and circumstances for not completing a notarial act. Please visit our store for your official seal stamp, and any other supplies you may need, by clicking on the following link: Minnesota Notary Supplies 

View the entire catalogue of items available to Minnesota notaries. Follow the onscreen instructions through the order process and your order will ship as soon as we are able to process it, usually within two to three days.

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

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