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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 New Hampshire
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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 New Hampshire notary public with Notary Rotary, Inc.


  • Every person applying to become a notary public must be a resident of New Hampshire.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Two notaries public and one registered voter of New Hampshire must endorse the application for appointment.
  • The applicant must complete a State Police records Criminal Release Authorization Form.

Term of Commission:

The commission as a notary public will be for five (5) years from the date the Governor and Council confirms your appointment. The date of appointment will be indicated on your commission.

Step 1: Review the notary public requirements and complete the application process.

The New Hampshire Secretary of State, Notary Public Web Site, includes all the information you need to apply for a notary commission. Review the requirements for the office, download and complete the required forms, and submit as instructed.

Step 2: Sign and take your oath of office.

Within a week after appointment by the Governor and Executive Council you will receive your commission, oath, index card, and other information from the Secretary of States' office. You will then need to sign and take your oath of office in the presence of two notaries public OR two justices of the peace OR one notary public and one justice of the peace. Those who sign your oath should also sign your commission.

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

The state of New Hampshire requires all notaries public to use either a New Hampshire notary embossing seal or a New Hampshire notary stamp when performing a notarial act. If you choose an embossing seal, the state recommends you also use a separate rubber stamp with your commission expiration date. Although New Hampshire law does not require that notaries keep a journal of their notarial acts, Notary Rotary recommends keeping one. A New Hampshire notary journal is a record of the notarial acts performed and can be vital in protecting the notary from possible liability.

Go to New Hampshire Notary Supplies in our store for your official seal stamp, journal, and any other supplies you may need.  Enter the store to view all products we offer for New Hampshire 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 and obtaining his or her seal and other supplies should the notary perform notarial acts.

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