Wisconsin Notary FAQs
What are the requirements to become a Wisconsin notary?
In order to become a Notary in Wisconsin, you must:
- Be a United States citizen or legal permanent resident
- Be 18 years old or older with at least an eighth grade education
- Obtain a passing score of 90% or higher on the online Notary Public Exam
- Have no felony convictions
- Be able to read and write English
- Have reviewed notary law and understand the duties of a notary public
Why was my Wisconsin 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 or oath of office.
- The application and oath of office was not properly notarized by a current Wisconsin notary in good standing.
- There was no $20 application fee enclosed.
- You did not make a clear impression of your custom notary stamp that we provided to you.
Do I need to take an exam to become a Wisconsin notary?
Yes, and Wisconsin requires a passing score of 90% or higher to approve your notary application. Click here to take the online exam.
Do I need a notary bond in Wisconsin?
Yes. Wisconsin requires a $500 notary bond for both new and renewing commissions. Our Wisconsin notary package includes a bond as well as everything else you need to become a notary!
Can I submit a Wisconsin notary application online?
Yes, but in general mailing everything is easier.
Mail your complete application along with $20 state fee to:
Notary Records Section
WI Department of Financial Institutions
P O Box 7847
Madison, WI 53707-7847
Or click here to start the online application process.
Does Wisconsin require a notary journal?
No. However, the state highly recommends a journal.That’s why we include a notary record keeping journal in our complete notary package. We feel it is important to keep track of notarizations for your own legal protection.
Does Wisconsin require a notary stamp?
Yes. A self-inking stamp that meets and exceeds state requirements is included in our complete notary package.
Current Wisconsin requirements state “the stamp/seal must have; 'State of Wisconsin,' 'Notary Public' and your seal name which must include your complete legal last name.”
All our packages include a self-inking notary stamp in your choice of 12 colors.
How long is a Wisconsin notary commission valid?
Wisconsin notary commissions last for four (4) years. You can submit a renewal application any time before your current commission expires, but Wisconsin recommends submission at least two weeks before the expiration date.
The commission renewal process is the same as a new commission and requires passing the notary exam again. Renewals applications also need new bonds.