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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 West Virginia
Find a Notary Class in West Virginia
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 West Virginia notary with Notary Rotary, Inc.


The eligibility requirements for appointment as a notary public in West Virginia are simple.  A person must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a resident of West Virginia, or a resident of another state who works at an office address within West Virginia
  • Be able to read and write English
  • Not be disqualified to receive a commission pursuant to West Virginia Code §39-4-21

Term of Appointment:

Notaries, once commissioned, may perform notarial acts in any part of this state for a term of five (5) years, unless revoked or resigned sooner.

Step 1: Read the West Virginia Code that governs notary practice.

On the application to be a West Virginia notary public you will be signing an oath that you have read and understand the requirements and will follow the law. Legal code pertaining to West Virginia notaries public may be found at the following web address:

Step 2: Download and complete the application for appointment as a West Virginia notary public; purchase $1,000 West Virginia notary bond from Notary Rotary

West Virginia Notary Public Application

You can either fill out the form online and print to complete the process or you may print and complete the application by hand.

Your application must be submitted with either a $1,000 notary bond or proof of $1,000 in qualifying insurance. A West Virginia notary bond or insurance policy may be purchased from Notary Rotary.

When your application is complete and correct; mail it, and a $52 check or money order made payable to "Secretary of State", to the following address:

West Virginia Secretary of State, Notary Division
Bldg. 1, Suite 157-K
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Charleston, WV  25305-0770

Step 3: Wait to receive your commission letter from the state then order your supplies from Notary Rotary, Inc.

The office of the Secretary of State will send you a commission letter once your application has been approved and processed. The commission letter will provide the exact information you need to have included on your seal, including your new commission expiration date.

Once you have received your commission certificate visit the Notary Rotary online store using the following link: West Virginia Notary Supplies.  Enter the store, fill out the required information and place your order for your official West Virginia notary stamp and any other supplies you may need.

The State of West Virginia does not require the use of a journal or notarial record book, however, we always advise notaries to acquire one. A West Virginia notary journal or record book is a good way to provide proof if one of your official acts is ever called into question. The Modern Journal of Notarial Events by Notary Rotary, Inc. is an excellent journal designed specifically for notaries public. Your order will be processed as quickly as possible, usually shipping within 2-3 days.

Step 4: Receive your supplies from Notary Rotary, Inc., your commission certificate and notary handbook from the state

After receiving your notary supplies from Notary Rotary, Inc., along with your commission certificate from the state, you will officially be a notary public for the State of West Virginia and you will be ready to begin your duties.

The state of West Virginia advises that all notaries public review the West Virginia Notary Handbook and keep it handy for future reference.


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