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. Kentucky requires a $1,000 surety bond for both new and renewing commissions. Our Kentucky notary package includes a bond as well as everything else you need to become a notary!

What’s the Best Way to Submit My Application?

The simplest way for most people is by mail. 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 by the state as a way to help 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 a new commission but uses a different application. Renewals need new bonds with their application and must submit the application fee again.