Mississippi Notary FAQs
What are the requirements to become a Mississippi notary?
In order to become a Notary in Mississippi, you must:
- 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
Why was my Mississippi 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 name the applicant signs on the application is not the exact same name that is printed on the bond and application.
- The application was not properly notarized by a current Mississippi notary in good standing.
- You did not also submit a signed and notarized oath of office.
- There was no $25 application fee enclosed.
Do I need to take an exam to become a Mississippi notary?
No. However, Notaries.com offers a general notary course that is helpful in explaining and guiding you through your duties as a Mississippi notary. You can also review Mississippi Notary Regulations and Statutes here.
Do I need a notary bond in Mississippi?
Yes. Mississippi requires a $5,000 notary bond for both new and renewing commissions. Our Mississippi notary package includes a bond as well as everything else you need to become a notary!
Can I submit a Mississippi notary application online?
No. You must mail the application along with $25 state fee to:
Secretary of State
Business Services Division
P O Box 136
Jackson, MS 39205-0136
Does Mississippi require a notary journal?
Yes.That’s why we include a notary record keeping journal in our complete notary package.
Does Mississippi require a notary stamp?
Yes. 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 Mississippi notary commission valid?
Mississippi notary commissions last for four (4) years. A current notary public may submit an application for reappointment as soon as 90 days prior to the expiration of an existing commission and must submit a reappointment application at least 60 days before expiration.
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.