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  • State filing fee
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We have good news and bad news about your Florida notary appointment. The bad news is it doesn't last forever. You need to renew it every four years.

The good news is renewing your notary appointment is an easier process than getting it in the first place. And since it closely mirrors the initial appointment process, you should be familiar with all the required steps.

Whether this is your first renewal, or you need a refresher, we can help. Here's your step-by-step guide to renewing your Florida notary appointment, along with answers to some frequently asked questions.

How To Renew a Notary in FL

#1: Complete and submit your application

For your notary appointment renewal to get approved, it needs to include both the $7,500 bond and a completed application. You can start the process for both here.

When you sit down to start the application, be ready to provide the following:

  • Your full name
  • Your home and/or business address
  • Your home and/or business phone number
  • Your date of birth
  • Your race
  • Your sex
  • Your social security number (to confirm your identity)
  • Your citizenship status
  • Your driver's license number or the number from your other state-issued identificatio
  • An affidavit of good character from someone who has known you for at least a year and isn't related to you
  • A list of all the professional licenses and commissions the state has issued you during the last decade
  • A statement as to whether you've had one of those licenses or commissions revoked or suspended
  • A statement as to whether you've been convicted of a felony, and, if so, additional details like the nature of the conviction and a copy of the Judgement and Sentencing Order

#2: Get your bond

The main thing you need to complete your notary renewal is a $7,500 four-year surety bond. This is the same bond you needed to initially get appointed.

As a reminder, this bond doesn't protect you. It's designed to pay any individual who is financially harmed by a misstep you might make as a notary.

For the Department of State to accept your bond and renew your appointment, it needs to come from a surety company that's been authorized to conduct business in the state of Florida

Fortunately, going through a state-authorized notary processing company like us means you can get your bond and your renewal application knocked out in one fell swoop. When you start your application with us, you're also starting the process to get your bond. When you finish, we submit both pieces to the state for you.

#3: Get your notary supplies in order

All notaries need these two things (and one we highly recommend)

#1) Their official seal

All official notary seals in Florida are rubber stamps with black ink. This seal needs to include your name, the date it expires (at the end of the four-year term), the commission number, and read "Notary Public - State of Florida."

When you complete your application with us, we send it to the state and wait for approval. Once you're approved, we create this official seal for you and send it to you. You'll be able to pick the exterior color of the seal that you want.

Note that if your seal ever gets lost or stolen, you're legally required to notify the Department of State or the Governor in writing.

#2) Their updated Notary Commission Certificate

For each four-year term, you can get a new certificate. We'll send you one that's suitable for framing once your notary appointment renewal is approved by the state.

#3) Personal insurance coverage

This one isn't technically needed, but it's generally a good idea. While your bond protects other people, you need errors & omissions (E&O) insurance to protect yourself. Fortunately, you can get a policy with a four-year term that matches your new notary appointment term easily and affordably.

Beyond these three pieces, you may also want to gather up other supplies, like an embosser and a dictionary of legal terms.

Applying for reappointment requires the same process as your initial notary application except for two things. First, you don't need to take the three-hour notary course again (although it might be helpful since notary laws frequently change). Secondly, because you already read Chapter 117 of the Florida Statutes, you won't need to dig into that material again.

FAQs about notary commissions in FL

How often does a notary have to renew in Florida?

Your appointment lasts for four years. You need to renew at the end of every four-year term. If you're not sure of your expiration date, you can check your seal.

How much does it cost to renew a notary commission in FL?

Technically, you need to pay the state $39, although if you're a veteran with a disability, you may be able to skip that cost.

But getting your bond also costs money, as does getting your official seal created. Fortunately, all these costs can get rolled into one affordable price when you purchase our renewal package.

Can I renew online as a Florida notary?

What are the surety bond requirements in FL?

All notaries need a four-year, $7,500 surety bond.

What is a notary commission expiration?

This is the date when your current appointment expires. In Florida, it occurs every four years. You can find your exact renewal date on your notary seal.

Can I renew my Florida notary after it expires?

Yes, but you can't perform any notarial duties once your appointment expires.

Also, if you wait more than a decade to renew, you'll need to retake the three-hour notary education course.

How early can I renew my notary in Florida?

Your renewal window opens six months before your current appointment expires.