How to Become a Kentucky Notary

Along with the bond, our notary package also includes a more detailed copy of application instructions that guide you through this process.

1) Meet State of Kentucky Notary Requirements to be a Notary Public

In order to become a Notary in Kentucky, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a United States citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Be a Kentucky resident (or employed in the Kentucky county where the application is made)
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be able to read and write English; and not disqualified under state statute KRS 423.395
  • Have reviewed notary law and understands the duties of a notary public

2) Purchase a Notary Bond

All Kentucky notaries require a $1,000 notary bond. The state does not provide these bonds, but one is included with the notary package available on Be sure to pick a name for your surety bond that you want to appear on your official seal of office.

After purchase, your notary bond will print along with a page of detailed application instructions.

3) Fill Out the State Application

When you purchase our notary package, we fill out a copy of the state application with the information you provided then email it to you.

You can then print the pre-filled application, print and sign your name on the application.

4) Submit Application

Your application must include:

  • A printed and signed application
  • A $10 check made payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer for the notary filing fee. The fee is only payable by check; we do not collect the state fee from you when you purchase the notary package.

Once ready, submit your completed notary application packet directly to:

Kentucky State Treasurer
Notary Commissions
P O Box 821
Frankfort, KY 40602-0821

5) Complete the Notary Commission Certificate Process

After you've submitted your application to the state, it may take up to six weeks for you to receive your Notary Notification of Appointment.

  • Email us your Notification of Appointment so that we may issue to you your notary bond via email.
  • Contact your County Clerk’s office for instructions on filing your $1,000 notary bond that we email to you
  • Receive Your Notary Stamp

Kentucky requires all Kentucky Notaries to have a notary stamp but does not provide them directly. Our notary package includes a custom self-inking notary stamp.

This stamp includes:

  • Your name as it appears on the application and bond
  • The name of the county you’re commissioned in
  • The notary commission expiration date*

*Because the expiration date is required, we cannot manufacture your notary stamp until you’ve received your Notary Commission Certificate with your expiration date listed on it.

When you receive your Notary Commission Certificate from the state, you must forward an emailed copy or scan and email a copy to

NOTE: The state requires that we receive a copy of your Notary Commission Certificate before we can manufacture your stamp. In order to receive your stamp from us, remember to forward an email or scanned copy of your certificate to

We will then manufacture your notary stamp that will meet or exceed state specifications and promptly ship it to you.

The state of Kentucky strongly recommends all notaries to keep a journal of their work. That’s why we include a notary record keeping journal in our complete notary package.