How to Become a Mississippi Notary

This step-by-step guide walks you through the process of becoming a notary in Mississippi.

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 Mississippi Notary Requirements to be a Notary Public

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

  • Be a United States citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Be a legal Mississippi resident
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a $5,000 surety bond
  • Have a signed and notarized oath of office
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Never had a denial, revocation, suspension, restriction, or resignation of a notarial commission in MS or any other state or nation
  • Be able to read and write English

2) Purchase a Notary Bond

All Mississippi notaries require a $5,000 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 and sign it (make sure your signature on the application is the exact same as the name used for the application).

4) Take an Oath of Office

Every notary applicant must take an oath of office in the presence of a Mississippi notary in good standing. The oath is then submitted using forms provided by the Secretary of State.

Before taking the oath of office, you must also present satisfactory evidence of your identity (such as a state-issued photo ID or US passport).

5) Submit Application

Your application must include:

  • A printed and signed application
  • A $25 check made payable to the Mississippi 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.
  • Evidence of the $5,000 surety bond
  • A signed and notarized oath of office

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

Secretary of State
Business Services Division
P.O. Box 136
Jackson, MS 39205-0136

6) Complete the Notary Commission Certificate Process

After you've submitted your application to the Secretary of State, they will assign you a date for the beginning of your commission. it may take up to six weeks for you to receive your pre-commission certification.

  1. Email to us your pre-commission certification so that we may issue to you your notary bond via email.
  2. Once you have mailed the notary bond (that we provide to you) to the state, the state will issue your commission certificate by email. You will then forward this email to us as authorization to manufacture your custom self-inking notary stamp.
  3. Receive Your Notary Stamp

The state of Mississippi requires all Mississippi 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 commission
  • The words “State of Mississippi”
  • The words “Notary Public”
  • The notary commission expiration date* and ID number
  • Commission Identification Number assigned by the Secretary of State

*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.

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 Mississippi also requires all notaries to keep a journal of their work. That’s why we include a notary record keeping journal in our complete notary package.