Hawaii Notary FAQs

What are the requirements to become a Hawaii notary?

To become a Notary in Hawaii, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen or legal permanent resident who diligently seeks citizenship upon becoming eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship
  • Be a legal Hawaii resident
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be able to read and write English

Why was my Hawaii notary application rejected?

These are some common reasons why your notary application can be rejected:

  • The name you signed on the application is not the exact same name that is on the surety bond
  • You did not include the state-required application fee
  • You did not include the justification and character letters

Do I need to take an exam to become a Hawaii notary?

Yes. To qualify for a notary commission, you must pass an in-person, closed-book exam with a score of at least 80%.

The exam covers the following:

  • Statutory laws and administrative rules that apply to notaries
  • Practical aspects of a notary’s practice
  • A notary’s duties and responsibilities

Review the Hawaii Notary Manual prior to scheduling your examination. Find the notary manual by visiting the Department of the Attorney General Notaries Public Documents page.

Schedule your exam by visiting the Notary Office website.

Do I need a notary bond in Hawaii?

Yes. Hawaii requires a $1,000 notary bond for both new and renewing commissions. Our Hawaii notary package includes a bond as well as everything else you need to become a notary!

Can I submit a Hawaii notary application online?

Yes. Hawaii started accepting online applications in 2017. We include detailed application instructions with our notary package. Visit the Notary Office website for more details.

Does Hawaii require a notary journal?

Yes. That’s why we include a notary record keeping journal in our complete notary package.

Does Hawaii require a notary stamp?

Yes. A self-inking notary stamp that meets or exceeds state requirements is included in our complete notary package. If you purchase our package, remember that we need a copy of your notary commission certificate before we can manufacture your stamp. Forward a digital or scanned copy of your certificate to info@notaries.com.

How long is a Hawaii notary commission valid?

Hawaii notary commissions last for four years. A renewal application may be submitted no earlier than 60 days before the current commission’s expiration date.

Can I renew my commission after it expires?

Yes. You may renew your commission within one year past your commission expiration date. There is an additional fee for late renewal applications.

If over a year has passed, you must reapply as a new applicant and retake the exam to renew your commission.