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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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Notary Education
Become a Notary in North Dakota
Find a Notary Class in North Dakota
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 North Dakota notary public with Notary Rotary, Inc.


To be appointed a notary public in North Dakota an individual must:

  • Be at least eighteen years of age
  • Be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States
  • Be able to read and write English
  • Be a resident of or have a place of employment or practice in this state or must reside in a county that borders this state and which is in a state that extends reciprocity to a notary public who resides in a border county of this state.

Term of Appointment:

A North Dakota notary public is commissioned for a term of six (6) years, unless resigned or revoked before that time.

Step 1: Order the required $7,500.00 surety bond from Notary Rotary, Inc.

You may order your North Dakota surety bond from Notary Rotary, Inc. by clicking on the following link: North Dakota Notary Supplies.

Enter the store to view the selection of products available for North Dakota notaries. Follow the onscreen instructions and your order will ship as soon as we are able to process it, most items ship the same day they are ordered. When you receive your surety bond make a copy for your records, as the original will be sent with the application.

Step 2: Download and complete the North Dakota notary public application

North Dakota Notary Application

Complete the application according to the instructions provided. You will need to contact a commissioned notary public to complete the affidavit of qualifications and oath of office.

Use the Find a Notary feature from Notary Rotary can be helpful in contacting a notary public. Simply click the link below, enter your home ZIP code, and click search for a list of notaries public in your area.

Send the completed application, your surety bond, and a $36 filing fee made payable to the Secretary of State to the following address:

Secretary of State
State of North Dakota
600 E Boulevard Ave, Dept 108
Bismarck ND 58505-0500

After the receipt of the fee, application and surety bond, you will be issued an authorization letter, which authorizes a vendor to provide you with an official notary seal/stamp.

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

The state of North Dakota requires all notaries public to purchase a North Dakota notary seal to authenticate their notarial acts. 

North Dakota does not require notaries public to use a journal or book to record notarial acts performed, but we recommend such a journal as another tool to help you in your business. A North Dakota notary journal can provide records of your notarial acts, in case a notarial act is ever called into question. Go go North Dakota Notary Supplies in our store for your seal, stamp, journal, and any other supplies you may need. Enter the store to view all items available from Notary Rotary for North Dakota notaries. Follow the onscreen instructions through the order process and your order will ship as soon as we are able to process it. 

You will need to mail, FAX or email the certificate of authorization letter you received from the state to us before we may legally make your official seal or stamp.  Certificates should be mailed to:

Notary Rotary
500 New York Ave
Des Moines, IA 50313-4908

FAX: 877-349-6590; Email:

Step 4: File your official seal impression with the Secretary of State's office

Once we manufacture your stamp or seal we will affix an impression of the seal/stamp on your certificate of authorization and return it to the Secretary of State's office.

After the certificate is received, approved, and filed, the Secretary of State will issue your an official notary commission. Under no circumstances may an applicant commence with the duties of the notary public until such time their official commission has been issued by the Secretary of State.

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