How to Become a Nebraska Notary

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

Along with the bond, our notary package includes a detailed copy of application instructions that guide you through this process. Below is a basic overview of the process to help you prepare.

1) Meet State of Nebraska Notary Requirements to be a Notary Public

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

  • Be a United States citizen or legal permanent resident at least 19 years old or older
  • Be a legal Nebraska resident or employed in Nebraska (requires Evidence of Employment in Nebraska Form)
  • Have a $15,000 surety bond
  • Sign an oath of office in the presence of a currently licensed Nebraska notary
  • Have no felony convictions without a full pardon
  • Never had a denial, revocation, suspension, restriction, or resignation of a notarial commission in NE or any other state or nation
  • Be able to read and write English

2) Purchase a Notary Bond

All Nebraska notaries require a $15,000 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 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, sign it (make sure your signature on the application is the exact same as the name used on your notary bond), then mail it in with the $30 application fee.

4) Take an Oath of Office

Every notary applicant must take an oath of office in the presence of a Nebraska notary in good standing. The oath is part of the notary application form.

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

Before submitting, make sure your application includes the following:

  • A printed and signed application including the signed and notarized oath of office
  • U.S. Citizenship Attestation Form
  • Notary Bond Form
  • Evidence of Employment in Nebraska Form (for non-residents only)
  • Proof of $15,000 Notary Bond
  • A $30 check made payable to the Nebraska 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.

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

Nebraska Secretary of State
Business Services Division
P.O. Box 95104
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509

6) Pass the Nebraska Notary Test

After receiving your application, Nebraska will send you a notary test via email or physical mail. Once you complete the test, you must mail it back to the Secretary of State Office (see address above).

When you pass the test, you receive your commission certificate! If you do not pass the test, the state will provide you with next steps.

7) Complete the Notary Commission Certificate Process

Once you receive your official commission certificate, you can start the process of acquiring your official notary stamp from us.

The stamp included with your notary package purchase comes with:

  • Your name as it appears on the commission
  • The words “State of Nebraska”
  • The words “Notary Public"
  • The notary commission expiration date* and ID number
  • Commission Identification Number assigned by the Secretary of State

*NOTE: 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 Nebraska also highly recommends that all notaries keep a journal of their work. That’s why we include a notary record keeping journal in our complete notary package.