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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 Nebraska
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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 Nebraska notary public with Notary Rotary, Inc.


To be approved for the office of notary public for the state of Nebraska an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  • He or she has taken and passed a written examination on the duties and obligations of a Notary Public.
  • He or she has never been convicted of a felony or other crime involving fraud or dishonesty.
  • Must be at least nineteen (19) years of age
  • The applicant certifies to the Secretary of State under oath that he or she has carefully read and understands the laws relating to the duties of notaries public and will, if commissioned, faithfully discharge the duties pertaining to the office and keep records according to law.
  • The applicant must be able to read and write English.

Term of appointment:

Each person appointed a Notary Public shall hold office for a term of four (4) years from the effective date of his or her commission, unless sooner removed.

Step 1: Complete the written notary public examination

Request a test from the Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office. Applicants are required to pass a written take-home test to obtain a notary public commission.  The required test is only available through the Secretary of State’s office.

To request a test, please provide the following information:

  • Applicant’s name
  • Applicant’s home address
  • Telephone number (optional)

A test may be requested via one of the following means:

  • E-mail:
  • U.S. mail: Notary Division, P.O. Box 95104, Lincoln, NE 68509-5104.
  • Telephone: (402) 471-2558
  • Fax: (402) 471-4429

If you do not pass the first test, you will receive a second test automatically.  If you do not pass the first two tests, you must wait six months before requesting the third and final exam.  If you do not pass the third test, you will not be eligible to take the test again or receive a Notary Public commission.

If you pass the exam, proceed to Step 2.

Step 2: Order your $15,000 surety bond from Notary Rotary, Inc.

The notary bond is a specific document that must be completed and submitted as part of the application process. No bond or insurance that your employer is already holding will function as your notary bond.

Please visit the Notary Rotary online store here: Nebraska Notary Supplies for your official Nebraska notary bond.  To order, enter the required information, scroll down through the page to locate and select the notary bond and, if you choose to have it, Nebraska notary errors and omissions insurance and follow the instructions through checkout. Your order will be processed as soon as possible, usually no more than two days before shipping.

When you receive your surety bond from Notary Rotary, Inc. make a copy for your records and proceed to step 3.

Step 3: Submit required items to the Nebraska Secretary of State

Upon passing the test, please submit the following items:

All application materials may be found on the Secretary of State's website.  Your signature in the Oath portion of the Application will need to notarized. The Find a Notary feature from Notary Rotary, Inc., can be helpful in locating a notary in your area to help process your application. 

Submit all of the application materials to:

Secretary of State, Business Services Division (Notary)
PO Box 95104
Lincoln, NE 68509.

Once your application is approved and processed, you will receive your notary commission certificate via regular U.S. mail.

Step 4: Order the remainder of your supplies from Notary Rotary, Inc.

You must obtain an official seal with which to authenticate your official acts. This must be a rubber ink stamp, but an impression seal may be used in conjunction with it, you can get both of these items from Notary Rotary, Inc. Although Nebraska law does not require that notaries keep a journal of their notarial acts, it is a strong recommendation of the Office of the Secretary of State that they do so. A journal is a record of the notarial acts performed and can be vital in protecting the notary from possible liability.

Please visit our store for your Nebraska notary seal stamp, Nebraska notary journal, and any other supplies you may need, by clicking on the following link: Nebraska Notary Supplies.

Follow the onscreen instructions through the order process.  Your order will ship as soon it is processed, 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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