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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 Mississippi
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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 Mississippi notary public with Notary Rotary, Inc.


To be appointed as a notary public for the state of Mississippi an individual must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have resided in the State of Mississippi and the county of residence for at least thirty (30) days
  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age
  • Must not be a convicted felon
  • Must be able to read and write English
  • Must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States

Term of Commission:

Notary Public commissions expire four (4) years from the date issued. State law mandates that every Notary Public, holding commission through an appointment of the Governor, must affix a written or printed recital of his commission's expiration date to any certificate of acknowledgment by him. Once a notary's commission has expired or been terminated, he or she is no longer a notary and he or she cannot continue to notarize documents. Acting under an expired commission may constitute a criminal offense.

Step 1: Download and complete the Mississippi notary public application

Mississippi Notary Public Application

Complete the application according to the instructions on the document and set it aside until you have received your $5,000 notary surety bond that you will order in step 2. 

Step 2: Order your $5,000 surety bond from Notary Rotary, Inc.

After completing the application, the applicant must obtain the proper $5,000 Mississippi notary bond and oath form. The bond should not be obtained prior to receiving the pre-commission certificate.

Please visit the Notary Rotary online store, and enter the store to purchase your official Mississippi surety bond.  To order, enter the required information, scroll down through the page to locate and select the desired products, and follow the instructions through checkout. Once you receive your official surety bond from Notary Rotary, Inc. make a copy of the actual bond for your records.

The applicant should make certain he or she has signed the bond as principal, and signed the oath in the presence of a commissioned Mississippi notary. Once the bond and oath forms are complete, mail the application, surety bond and oath form, and the $25 filing fee to the Mississippi Secretary of State's Office.

Secretary of State, Business Services Division
Post Office Box 1020
Jackson, Mississippi 39215

The law requires that the insurance commissioner and the governor approve the surety bond before a commission can be issued. Once both officials have approved the bond, the Secretary of State's Office will mail the applicant his or her original Commission Certificate.

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

Once you have received your Commission Certificate, and have all the information necessary to do so, you should obtain a legally suitable notarial seal. The Mississippi notary stamp available in the online store meets all requirements and is a superior quality notary seal.

Mississippi law also requires that all notaries public keep a journal. The journal is to record all notarial acts performed. Information to record could include, but is not limited to, the date and time of the act, the type of act, a description of the document, signature and identification information of each principal, and circumstances for not completing a notarial act. Notary Rotary's Mississippi notary journal was specifically designed for notaries and contains space to record all necessary information as well as any notes you may wish to include.

Please visit our store for your official seal stamp, journal, and any other supplies you may need, by clicking on the following link: Mississippi notary supplies. Enter the store to view the items available for Mississippi notaries public. Follow the onscreen instructions through the order process and your order will ship as soon as we are able to process it, usually within 2-3 days.

Only after being properly commissioned, bonded, and obtaining his or her seal and journal should the notary perform notarial acts.

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