Illinois Notary FAQs

How long is my Illinois Notary Commission Valid for?

Your notary commission will be valid for four years.

How do I renew my Illinois Notary Commission?

Illinois does not have an automatic renewal process for notaries. Consequently, you must reapply in order to renew your notary commission.

When should I start the renewal process?

We recommend you begin the renewal process six months before your current notary commission expires, as it can take 12-14 weeks for the State of Illinois to issue your Notary Commission.

Can I notarize my own application?

No. You must sign the applications Notarial Oath in front of a current Illinois Notary.

Do I need the $5,000 notary bond?

Yes. The State of Illinois requires all notaries to hold a $5,000 surety bond. This bond serves to protect the public from any mistakes the notary might make. This does not protect the notary. However, the $5,000 Errors & Omissions insurance will protect the notary, though the state does not require a notary to hold any Errors & Omissions Insurance.

Can I send you a copy of my application?

No. You must send us your original application, which includes your signature. You may send us a photocopy of your driver's license, however.

How long will it take for me to get my notary commission?

The entire process can take anywhere between 6-8 weeks. Unfortunately, we do not have any control over how long it will take the State of Illinois to issue your notary commission.

When do I need to register my signature?

Once the state appoints you as a notary, you will receive a message from your County regarding your notary commission. Once you receive this notice, you may register your signature through mail or in person. After you've registered your signature, you will be sent your Notary Commission.

Do I need to send you a copy of my notary commission?

Yes. If we do not receive a copy of your notary commission we cannot make your stamp.

How long will it take for me to receive my notary stamp?

Once we receive a copy of your notary commission, we will create your notary stamp and send it to you within 10 business days.

Can I start notarizing once I receive my notary commission?

No, first you must obtain a notary stamp.

Do I need to keep a notary journal?

The state of Illinois does not require notaries to keep a journal. However, it is highly recommended as it helps protect the notary against potential lawsuits.

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