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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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Become a Notary in Washington
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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 Washington notary public with Notary Rotary, Inc.


To become a notary public, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Reside in Washington or live in Idaho or Oregon while employed regularly in Washington or doing business in Washington
  • Read and write the English language
  • Have a $10,000 surety bond from an insurance company or bonding company

Length of appointment:

A Washington state notary public commission is valid for a period of four (4) years unless resigned or revoked sooner.

Step 1: Download and complete the Washington notary public application

Washington Notary Public Application

Once you have downloaded the application, complete all sections according to the provided instructions.

Step 2: Order your $10,000 surety bond from Notary Rotary, Inc.

The first time you apply and each time you renew your appointment, you must purchase a $10,000 surety bond from a company qualified to write surety bonds in the state of Washington. The surety bond must cover the four-year period of the notary public term. Your name on the surety bond should be identical to your name and your signature on the application form.

Click here to order your surety bond from Notary Rotary, Inc. To place your oder, enter the store and follow the onscreen instructions to order your $10,000 Washington notary bond. Your bond will ship as soon as we are able to process it, usually within 1-2 days. When your surety bond arrives, make a copy to send with your application.

Step 3: Check the application and surety bond for accuracy and submit the application

Look over the application to confirm that the information is accurate and complete. When you are certain everything is correct and complete send the application, a copy of the surety bond, and a $30 check or money order made payable to "Washington State Treasurer" to the following address:

Department of Licensing
Notary Public Section
P. O. Box 9048
Olympia, WA 98507-9048

Allow about two weeks to process your application. You will need to wait for the Department of Licensing to send your commission materials to you before moving on to Step 4.

Step 4: Order your official seal and any other supplies you may need from Notary Rotary, Inc.

Return to the store at Notary Rotary by clicking on the following link: Washington Notary Supplies.  Enter the store and fill out the required information to place your order for an official Washington notary stamp and any other supplies you may need.

The State of Washington requires that you provide a copy of your commission certificate to the manufacturer of your seal/stamp.  Please mail a copy of your Certificate of Authority to:

Notary Rotary

500 New York Ave

Des Moines, IA  50313

Or, you may FAX it to 877-349-6590, or email to  Your stamp will not be manufactured until Notary Rotary receives a copy of your Certificate of Authority.

Although the state of Washington does not require one, it is strongly recommended that notaries maintain a Washington Notary Journal as a record of the notarial acts performed and could be vital in protecting the notary from possible liability.

As soon as we receive your order, and copy of your commission certificate, your complete order will be processed and shipped, usually within 2-3 days. Once you receive your seal and supplies you will be ready to begin your duties as a notary public for the State of Washington.

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