Here is a step-by-step guide to become a notary in Illinois. Notaries.com handles all of these requirements through our easy application, so rest-assured you have everything you need to become a notary!
1) Meet State of Illinois Notary Requirements to be a Notary Public
- Be a United States Citizen
- For the past 30 days, have been an Illinois resident or employed within the state. Non-residents must contact the state directly. They do not follow the standard application process for state residents.
- You must have a current, valid Illinois Driver’s License or State ID card.
- Be at least 18-years old
- Be able to read and write English
- Never have been convicted of a felony
- Have not had a notary commission revoked within the last 10 years
2) Fill Out Your Illinois Notary Application and Purchase your $5,000 notary bond.
At notaries.com you will complete a notary application, purchase your notary bond and pre-order your stamp. As you follow the prompts on notaries.com you will provide the information required for your Notary Commission. Once you have made your payment you will be able to PRINT your application. The application is ONE page. It includes a personal information section, the Notarial Oath and the Notary Bond. You must sign the Notarial Oath in the presence of a current Illinois Notary. That notary MUST sign their name exactly as it appears on their stamp and the image of the stamp itself MUST be completely legible. You must also sign the $5,000 notary bond, at the bottom of the application, the physical home address on your application must match the address on your Illinois driver’s license.
3) Submit Your Completed and Signed Application and a photocopy of your Illinois Driver’s License or State ID card.
MAIL your original signed and notarize application and a photocopy of your Illinois Driver’s License or State ID card to:
Notaries.com (formerly Huckleberry Notary Bonding, Inc)
225 E Robinson St #570
Orlando, FL 32801
You must submit the original document, not a copy. A photocopy of your driver’s license must be provided. Notaries.com will then submit your application to the state on your behalf. Once the State of Illinois appoints you as a Notary Public they will notify your County of Residence, County Clerk’s Office. Unless there is an issue with your application you will receive a letter from your County of Residence letting you know you have been appointed. Please watch your mail for a letter from your County Clerk’s office. PLEASE NOTE: It can take up to 12 weeks before you receive your letter from your county after your application has been submitted to the state.
4) Register Your Signature
When the State of Illinois appoints you as a notary, they will send your Notary Commission to the County Clerk’s office in the county of your residence. You will receive a LETTER IN THE MAIL from your County Clerk asking you to register your signature with the county. You may go to the county in person or you may mail the signed letter back to them. Once you have registered your signature with the county, the COUNTY will MAIL your ILLINOIS NOTARY CERTIFICATE to you. The county allows 90 days for you to register your signature. Failure to register your signature on time voids your notary appointment and you must begin the entire process over again and resubmit all fees. Once you receive your Notary Certificate you MUST email or fax a copy to Notaries.com. THE COUNTY DOES NOT NOTIFIY NOTARIES.COM THAT YOU HAVE REGISTERED YOUR SIGNATURE.
5) Obtain Your Notary Stamp
You will pre-order your Notary Stamp when you complete your application and purchase your notary bond at notaries.com. Once the State has appointed you AND you have registered your signature with your County Clerk, the county will issue your Notary Commission Certificate. You MUST email or fax a copy of your Notary Commission certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can manufacture your custom notary stamp. The state does not allow us to manufacture your stamp until we have received a copy of your Notary Commission Certificate. AGAIN, THE COUNTY DOES NOT NOTIFY NOTARIES.COM THAT YOU HAVE REGISTERED YOUR SIGNATURE. Once we receive the copy of your Notary Commission Certificate your notary stamp will be manufactured and shipped to you within 10 days.