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I did not file my oath and bond on time, what do I do?

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Categories: Frequently Asked Questions

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Failed to File the Oath and Bond on Time?

This is why we stress you make a concerted effort to go to the county clerk early in the 30-day period to take, subscribe, and file the oath of office and the bond.

If the oath and bond are not filed within the 30-calendar-day time period, the new commission will not be valid.

Below is the Secretary of State's answer on their website:

  • If you did not file your oath and bond on time, you must reapply to become a notary public.

New Notary Public Applicant

  • If you are a new notary public applicant, you must:
    • attach a current Proof of Completion Certificate of an approved six-hour notary public education course to your new notary public application (a copy is okay), along with
      • a 2" x 2" color passport photo of yourself and
      • a check for $20.00.
      • You also will need to submit new fingerprints via Live Scan.

Notaries Public Seeking Reappointment

  • If you are a notary public seeking reappointment and took an approved three-hour notary public refresher education course, you will now need:
    • to take an approved six-hour course.
      • The three-hour course does not meet the education requirements once your current commission has expired.
    • You will need to attach the Proof of Completion certificate for the six-hour course to a new notary public application, along with
      • a 2" x 2" color passport photo of yourself and
      • a check for $20.00.
      • You also will need to submit new fingerprints via Live Scan.
  • If you are a notary public seeking reappointment and took an approved six-hour education course, you must:
    • attach a current Proof of Completion certificate to a new notary public application, along with
    • a 2" x 2" color passport photo of yourself and
    • a check for $20.00.
    • You also will need to submit new fingerprints via Live Scan.

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