How to Become a New Mexico Notary makes it simple to become a notary or renew your commission online! Read our step-by-step guide to becoming a notary in New Mexico. You can meet all state requirements through our simple application process, so rest assured you have everything you need to become a notary or renew!

Steps to Becoming a Notary in New Mexico

1) Meet New Mexico State Requirements for Notaries

To become a notary public in New Mexico, you must:

  • Be a resident of New Mexico
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be able to read and write in English
  • Not have been convicted of a felony or pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to a felony
  • Not have had a notary public commission revoked within the past five years

2) Purchase Your Notary Bond and Stamp from

The New Mexico Notary Package from includes your state-required $10,000 notary bond, required notary record keeping journal and a custom notary stamp in your choice of 12 colors.

3) Fill Out the State Application

Next, complete your official New Mexico Notary Application, which is included with your bond when you apply at You must complete your application in black ink with no background colors.

If you make a mistake, cross out the error and write in the correct information by hand. Do not use correction fluid or tape. The state will not accept applications containing these.

The name on your application must be identical to the name on your notary stamp and bond. Do not include titles on the application.

4) Take Your Oath in Front of a New Mexico Notary Public

You will need to take an oath of office before a New Mexico notary. The name and signature in the oath section of your application must be identical to the name that will appear on your bond application and notary stamp.

The notary will notarize the signature on your application, enter their expiration date, and impress their notary stamp or seal on your application.

5) Submit Your Application to New Mexico Secretary of State

You must mail your original, completed, and notarized application to:

New Mexico Secretary of State
325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300
Sante Fe, NM 87501

6) Get Approved and Appointed by the Secretary of State

If your application is accepted, the Secretary of State will appoint you as a notary public for a four-year term. You cannot act as a notary until you receive your certificate of appointment and your term’s expiration date from the Secretary of State’s office.

7) Send a Copy of Your Commission to

Once you have a received your notary commission from the state, please scan and email a copy of it to so that we can complete the final steps of your application process.

Renewing Your New Mexico Notary Commission

To renew your New Mexico notary commission, you will need to apply for a renewal before your four-year term expires. The process follows the same steps as your initial application to become a notary.

On your renewal application, you will need to include your current commission number and expiration date as listed on your notary certificate. You can submit your renewal application no sooner than one month prior to the expiration date.