North Dakota Notary FAQs

What are the requirements to become a notary in North Dakota?

To qualify to become a North Dakota notary, the state requires you to be:

  • At least 18 years old
  • A citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States
  • Able to read and write in English

You must also satisfy one of the following residency/employment requirements:

  • Reside in North Dakota
  • Have a place of employment or practice in North Dakota
  • Reside in a county that borders North Dakota and which is in a state that extends reciprocity to a notary public who resides in a border county of North Dakota

How do I become a notary in North Dakota? makes it simple to earn your North Dakota notary commission.

  1. Make sure you meet all state requirements for North Dakota notaries.
  2. Purchase the North Dakota notary package, which includes your notary stamp and state-required surety bond.
  3. Visit the Secretary of State's website and submit your official application to the state. You must provide all required documentation and pay a $36 state application fee.
  4. Once the state verifies your notary stamp and approves your application, you will receive your notary commission certificate in the mail.

For a detailed overview of each step in the process, read the North Dakota notary guide.

How long will my North Dakota notary commission be valid?

North Dakota notaries serve in terms of four years. If you wish to continue serving as a notary, you will need to renew your commission before your current term expires.

Do I need a $7,500 bond to become a North Dakota notary?

Yes. All notaries in North Dakota are required to secure a $7,500 surety bond for their four-year term. This bond, which is included in the North Dakota notary package, protects the public from any errors or negligence related to a notarization.

Do I need errors and omissions (E&O) insurance?

No, North Dakota does not require notaries to have E&O insurance. However, this optional insurance policy will provide vital protection if a client files a legal claim related to a mistake or negligence on your part.

You can purchase E&O insurance during checkout for added financial protection. For a one-time fee, you will be covered up to the amount of coverage you selected for the entirety of your term.

Does North Dakota require notaries to keep a journal?

Notaries in North Dakota are not required by law to keep a notary journal. However, it is highly recommended to keep a detailed record of each notarization you perform. This record will be extremely valuable for confirming facts about past notarizations and protecting you from false accusations.

How do I renew my North Dakota notary commission?

The process of renewing your notary commission is nearly identical to becoming a notary. The first step is to purchase the North Dakota notary renewal package. This package includes everything you need to extend your term as a notary.

Read our North Dakota notary guide for a step-by-step guide to renewing your notary commission.