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.