Become an Alabama Notary

The process of becoming a notary in Alabama varies by county. Below you will find the basic requirements and procedures set by the state. County probate judges set their own application rules and procedures to accompany the process set by state law.

Once you are officially appointed as a notary, you will hold this position for four years.

Alabama Notary Requirements

To become a notary in Alabama, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Be a resident of the Alabama county where you apply
  • Meet all notary requirements for your county
  • Be able to read and write in English

You cannot become a notary if you have been convicted of a felony unless your civil and political rights were restored.

Steps to Becoming an Alabama Notary

Each county's probate judge sets the requirements and application process for notaries. The state doesn't require an exam or training for notaries, but your local probate judge may require mandatory training.

1) Contact Your County Probate Judge

It is important to contact your county's Judge of Probate to ensure you meet all county-specific requirements and follow the proper steps for submitting your application. You can find contact information for your local probate judge on the Secretary of State's website.

2) Secure a $50,000 Surety Bond and Notary Seal

Notaries in Alabama are required to purchase a $50,000 surety bond and a state-compliant notary seal. Both are included in our Alabama Notary package. The bond protects the public from financial damages resulting from any negligence or misconduct on behalf of the notary. You will use your seal to verify that you executed your notarizations according to state law.

3) Submit Your Completed Application

County probate judges set their own rules and procedures for notary applicants that accompany the process set by state law. For more information on your county's process, contact your county probate judge.

After you satisfy all county requirements, you can submit your completed application to your county probate judge. You will also need to pay a state application fee, which can range from $13 to $29. After receiving your application and payment, the judge will appoint you as a notary.

4) Get Your Custom Notary Seal

The final step is to provide a copy of your notary commission to so we can manufacture your custom notary seal. You can choose a circular or rectangular seal in your choice of three colors.

Renewing Your Alabama Notary Commission

Your notary commission will remain valid for four years. To continue your term, you will need to renew your commission before it expires.

The commission renewal process varies by county. You can start the process by clicking the "Renew Your Notary" button on Check with your county probate judge to learn about additional requirements for renewing your commission.