Notary Requirements


Who can become a notary?

      The following requirements must be met:

  • Must be eighteen (18) years old or older;
  • Be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States
  • Be a resident of or have a place of employment or practice in the county within this Commonwealth where the application is made;
  • Be able to read and write English;
  • Not be disqualified to receive a commission under KRS 423.395;
  • Submit to the Secretary of State any application forms, information, disclosures, and verifications as are required by administrative regulations promulgated by the Secretary of State;
  • Submit to the Secretary of State proof of having obtained the requisite surety bond required under KRS 423.390(4);
  • Take an oath of office as set forth in KRS 423.390(4)

How can I become a notary?

  • Visit the Secretary of State's website to complete the application.  A form signed by the County Clerk is no longer required. The fee for application at the Secretary of State's Office is $10.00.
  • If approved, the applicant will be notified that a "Certificate of Appointment" has been made available to the county clerk's office in the applicant's county. The notice will indicate a thirty (30) day time period for the applicant to go to the county clerk's office.
  • The applicant must come in to the county clerk's office to be sworn in.  The notary must provide government issued ID.  There is a $19.00 recording fee ($10.00 for recording the bond, $4.00 for taking/preparing the bond, and $5.00 for administering the oath. KRS 64.012).  In-person commissions are complete by appointment only at this time.  SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

  • Due to COVID concerns, at this time you also have the option to complete your notary commission by video conference. Please use this option only if you are unable to appear for an in-person appointment. Drop off or mail in your notary bond paperwork, and $19.00 fee to Fayette County Clerk, 162 E. Main Street, Room 132, Lexington, KY 40507.  There is a document drop-box in the Helix Garage, 2nd floor.  Once received, we will reach out to you to schedule an appointment.
  • A surety bond in the amount of $1,000.00 is required. As of January 1, 2020, only a bond from an approved insurance company is allowed. Check with the insurance agency of your choice to request notary bond information.
Beginning in January of 2020, a notary public state-at-large may also apply to the Secretary of State's Office to be an electronic notary or remote online notary.  Please contact the Secretary of State's Office for details, (502) 564-3490 or visit their website.

Effective 1/1/20   Fees effective 8/1/06