Idaho Notary FAQs

What are the requirements to become an Idaho notary?

In order to become a notary in Idaho, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Be a legal Idaho resident or work in the state
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a $10,000 surety bond
  • Have a signed and notarized oath of office
  • Have no felony convictions involving fraud, dishonesty or deceit
  • Have never had a denial, revocation, suspension, restriction or resignation of a notarial commission in Idaho or any other state or nation
  • Be able to read and write in English

Why was my Idaho notary application rejected?

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

  • The name of the applicant on the application is not the exact same name found on the bond.
  • The application was not properly notarized by a current Idaho notary in good standing.
  • The application did not include a signed and notarized oath of office.
  • A check for the $30 application fee was not enclosed.

Do I need to take an exam to become an Idaho notary?

No. However, the Idaho Secretary of State offers free online training to help you understand your duties as an Idaho notary.

Do I need a notary bond in Idaho?

Yes. Idaho requires a $10,000 notary bond for both new and renewing commissions. Our Idaho notary package includes a bond as well as everything else you need to become a notary!

Can I submit an Idaho notary application online?

No. You must mail the application along with the $30 state fee to:

Office of the Secretary of State
450 N. 4th Street
Boise, ID 83702


P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720

Does Idaho require a notary journal?

No, but it's highly recommended. That's why we include a notary record-keeping journal in our complete notary package.

Does Idaho require a notary stamp?

Yes. A self-inking stamp that meets or exceeds state requirements is included in our complete notary package. You can choose a self-inking notary stamp in your choice of 12 colors.

How long is an Idaho notary commission valid?

Idaho notary commissions last for six (6) years. A current notary public may submit an application for reappointment as soon as 90 days prior to the expiration of an existing commission. Notaries must submit a reappointment application at least 60 days before expiration.

The process of renewing your commission is the same as earning a new commission, which means you need to submit a new bond with your application and pay the application fee again.