Washington State Notary FAQs

How long does it take to get a notary commission in Washington state?

According to the Washington State Department of Licensing, it takes at least 30 days to receive your license after you submit your notary application. We've simplified the application process by including step-by-step instructions in our online notary package.

How much does it cost to become a notary public in WA?

Becoming a notary in Washington is a low-cost career move that can help you make more money. Before applying, here are some costs to keep in mind.

  • For $109, our online notary package includes your state-required $10,000 bond, a custom notary stamp, a record keeping journal, and a printable notary certificate
  • Washington requires a $30 filing fee that you must submit with your notary application

How can I get a duplicate copy of my commission certificate?

According to the Washington State Department of Licensing, notaries can print their own copy by logging in or signing up for a Secure Access Washington (SAW) account.

How much is the required surety bond for a notary in WA?

Washington requires notaries to have a $10,000 surety bond, which is included in our online notary package.

Is it hard to become a notary in Washington?

Unlike some states that require notary applicants to take courses and exams, Washington's application process is simple and straightforward. And when you purchase our notary package, we simplify it further by providing step-by-step application instructions and a printable, pre-filled application.

How long will my Washington State Notary Commission be good for?

Your Washington State Notary Commission is valid for four years.

How do I renew my Washington State Notary Commission?

You must reapply to renew your notary commission. Thankfully, it's a similar process to the initial application. You must:

  • Fill out the notary application
  • Purchase a new surety bond (included in our renewal package)
  • Submit the $30 renewal fee
  • Send us a copy of your new commission and receive your stamp

When should I renew my Washington State Notary Commission?

We recommend that you start the renewal process two months before your current notary commission expires.

Do I need to take a course to become a Washington State Notary?

No, there is no education required to become a Washington State Notary.

Do I need to send the state my application?

Yes. After you send a copy of your application to Huckleberry Notary Bonding and receive your state-required $10,000 surety bond, you must send the application to the state, along with the bond and a $30.00 state filing fee.

When will I receive my Notary Commission Certificate?

The state is responsible for sending your Notary Commission Certificate, which you will receive within 3-4 weeks after submitting your application.

Do I need to send you a copy of my Notary Commission Certificate?

Yes. In order for Notaries.com to make your Self-Inking Seal Stamp, you must send a copy through a fax or scan of your Notary Commission Certificate.

How long will it take for me to receive my stamp?

After we receive a copy of your Notary Commission Certificate, it will take around 10 business days for you to receive your stamp.

Do notary stamps expire?

Yes. Valid notary stamps must show the current commission's expiration date. Notaries need a new stamp every time they renew.

What is the difference between the Notary Bond and Errors & Omissions (E&O) Insurance?

The State of Washington requires all notaries to hold a $10,000 Notary Bond, which is also called a surety bond, as this protects the state and companies against any mistakes the notary might make. However, the $10,000 surety bond does not protect you as a notary.

E&O Insurance covers any inconsistencies or oversights that could occur during the notarization process and protects you from any false claims made against your bond.

What disqualifies you from being a notary in Washington state?

To become a notary in Washington, you must be:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Able to read and write in English
  • A citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States
  • A resident of Washington or have a place of employment or practice in the state

When is my notary commission valid?

Once you receive your notary commission in the mail from the state, you can send a copy to us so we can make your stamp. Once you've gotten your stamp, you can start notarizing!

Can a non-WA resident become a notary in Washington?

Yes, but only if you actively work in Washington state.

Can a Washington notary notarize a document from another state?

Yes, Washington notaries can perform remote notarizations if they have a remote notary endorsement. Remote notarization is the act of notarizing without being in the physical presence of a customer and requires special software. You can learn more about it on the Department of Licensing website.

Can a notary notarize for a family member in Washington?

It's not recommended. A notary's main duty is to act as an impartial third party to help prevent fraud and deception. It's difficult to truly be impartial when working with family members.

Can notaries notarize their own documents in WA?

No. You can't be an impartial third party to yourself!

Does a notarized document expire, and if so, when?

No. The notarization on a document does not expire.

Can a notary notarize an electronic signature?

Yes. According to the Washington State Department of Licensing, “an electronic records notarization is the process of notarizing where electronic signatures get applied to electronic documents.”