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To become a notary in Alabama, you must:
If you have been convicted of a felony and have not had your civil and political rights restored, you may not serve as an Alabama notary.
Notaries in Alabama are appointed and commissioned by the probate judge of their county of residence. The required steps can vary because probate judges set their own application rules and procedures to accompany the process set by state law.
For county-specific information on becoming a notary, contact your county probate judge.
As an Alabama notary, you will use your notary seal to stamp all notarizations you perform on paper documents. Our Alabama Notary package includes a state-compliant notary seal. You can choose a square or circular seal in your choice of three colors.
A notary journal is not state-required but is highly recommended. By maintaining an up-to-date journal, you can prevent fraud and keep an official record of all your notarizations for future reference.
Notaries in Alabama are appointed and commissioned by the probate judge of each county. The probate judge will report the following information about commissioned notaries to the Secretary of State:
The Secretary of State does not appoint or commission notaries. Records filed with this office regarding notaries are public record.
Your Alabama notary commission is valid for four years. You will need to renew your commission before it expires if you wish to extend your term for another four years.
The commission renewal process varies by county. Check with your county probate judge to learn how you can renew your notary commission.
Alabama does not require a state-proctored notary exam. The requirement to pass a qualifying course or exam is at the discretion of the appointing county probate judge.
If you are interested in reviewing self-education materials, you can find these on the Alabama Secretary of State's website.
As an Alabama notary, you will be authorized to perform notarial acts anywhere within the state's borders.
Notaries in Alabama are authorized to charge $5 per notarial act.
The $25,000 surety bond is required to protect signers against financial damages resulting from any negligence or misconduct on behalf of the notary. The surety bond is a financial guarantee that the notary will comply with state laws. The bond is in place to protect the public, not the notary.
You are not required to purchase errors and omissions (E&O) insurance. However, it is highly encouraged. If one of your clients files a claim against you over an alleged mistake or omission, an E&O policy would protect you according to the coverage that you selected. Without errors and omissions insurance, you are held personally liable in the event of a lawsuit.