What Are the Steps to Become a Texas Notary?

A Texas Notary Public is a public servant with statewide jurisdiction appointed by the Texas Secretary of State to deter fraud  by identifying signers and witnessing  the signing of important documents. A notarized document will assure the receiving party that the identities of the signers have been verified and the document was signed on the date stated on the notarial certificate.  

Becoming a notary in Texas is a straightforward process. The simplest way to become a Texas notary is to choose an organization that can handle submitting your notary application electronically to the state, issue a four-year notary bond in the amount of $10,000 as required by the state, manufacture your notary supplies once you are approved as a Texas notary, and be around to help you maintain your notary commission (if you ever need to update your name due to a marriage or divorce or to update your address) and to help you answer questions related to notary laws during your four-year notary term.

Follow the steps listed below to become a notary in Texas:

1- Complete a notary application –

You can complete a Texas notary application online or offline. You are required to enter the name you wish to use when you become a Texas notary. You may choose to apply using your legal name or any variation of your legal name. You are also required to enter your DOB, SS#, and driver’s license number. If you have any criminal convictions, you must attach to your Texas notary application documentation regarding your criminal convictions to assist the Secretary of State’s office in determining qualification. Processing time for applications with criminal convictions is approximately four to six weeks.

2- Purchase a four-year, $10,000 Texas notary bond -

When applying to become a Texas notary, all Texas notary applicants are required to provide a four-year, $10,000 Texas notary bond. The notary bond protects the public from any notary negligence or wrongdoing. The bond does not protect the notary.

3- Pay the state application filing fee -

Texas requires notaries to include a $21.00 application fee. An application will be rejected if the fee is not included with the notary application.

4- Order a Texas notary stamp –

Every time you perform a notarial act, you are required to complete a notarial certificate, print your name as listed on your Texas notary commission, and affix your notary stamp. Texas law allows notaries to use an inked notary stamp or a notary metal seal embosser that makes a raised seal impression of the notary information.

5- Order a Texas notary record book -

Every time you perform a notarial act you are required to enter certain information required by Texas notary law. The American Association of Notaries recommends that you purchase a record book that complies with Texas notary law in lieu or a generic record book. The book must be perfectly bound with consecutively numbered pages and journal entries. (A notary’s record book may also be referred to as a “journal of notarial acts” or a “journal.”)

6- Take the oath of office -

Once you are approved as a Texas notary, the Texas Secretary of State will mail you or email you an oath of office form. Take the form to another notary to get the oath notarized and swear that you will perform your duties as required by law. You will not be recognized as a notary if you do not take this final step.

The American Association of Notaries is the largest Texas-based notary organization.  We are also a bonding agency approved by the Texas Department of Insurance  to sell surety notary bonds. Additionally, we manufacture notary supplies in-house at affordable prices. 

Click here to start the notary application process and become a Texas in Texas.

Legal Disclaimer: The American Association of Notaries is committed to providing accurate and up-to-date information. However, it is important to note that the information provided on this page is for general informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal advice. We do not claim to be attorneys and do not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or reliability of the information provided. It is your responsibility to know the appropriate notary laws governing your state. You should always seek the advice of a licensed attorney for any legal matters. In no event shall the American Association of Notaries, its employees, or contractors be liable to you for any claims, penalties, losses, damages, or expenses, howsoever arising, including, and without limitation, direct or indirect loss, or consequential loss, out of or in connection with the use of the information contained on any of the American Association of Notaries website pages. Notaries are advised to seek the advice of their state’s notary authorities or attorneys if they have legal questions. 

Texas notary bonds and errors and omissions insurance policies provided by this insurance agency, the American Association of Notaries, Inc., are underwritten by Western Surety Company (established 1900). American Association of Notaries is owned by Kal Tabbara, a licensed insurance agent in Texas.