Kentucky Notary FAQs

What are the requirements to become a Kentucky notary?

In order to become a Notary in Kentucky, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Be a legal Kentucky resident (or have a place of employment or practice in the Kentucky county where the application is made)
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Be able to read and write English
  • Have reviewed notary law and understand the duties of a notary public

Why was my Kentucky 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 that is on the bond.
  • The application was not properly notarized by a current Kentucky notary in good standing.
  • There was no $10 application fee enclosed.
  • The applicant had a previous federal conviction for a felony involving fraud, dishonesty, or deceit and did not submit a copy of their order of restoration of their civil right to hold public office.

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

No. However, Kentucky has a page full of Notary Regulations and Statues for you to become familiar with the state notary rules and regulations.

Do I need a notary bond in Kentucky?

Yes. Your Kentucky county clerk will require a $1,000 surety bond for both new and renewing commissions. Our Kentucky notary package includes a bond, stamp and journal!

How Can I Submit My Application?

For appointment or reappointment download the form and submit it online. In addition, you can mail your pre-filled application along with $10 state fee to:

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

Does Kentucky require a notary journal?

Not by law, but it is highly recommended for best practice to record all notarial acts in case you ever need to testify in court. That’s why we include a notary record keeping journal in our complete notary package.

Does Kentucky require a notary stamp?

No. However, a self-inking stamp that meets and exceeds state requirements is included in our complete notary package. All our packages include a self-inking notary stamp in your choice of 12 colors.

How long is a Kentucky notary commission valid?

Kentucky notary commissions last for four (4) years. A renewal application may be submitted no earlier than 60 days before the current commission’s expiration date.

Expired commissions past the 60-day point require registering as a new notary again (instead of a renewal).

The commission renewal process is the same as the new commission process. You will be required to pay the application fee. Take your oath of office at your county clerk office and a $1,000 surety bond must be provided at that time, as well.