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What is the County of Filing and Time Limit for a Notary?

County of Filing

  • The filing must take place in the county where the notary public maintains a principal place of business as shown in the application on file with the Secretary of State.

Time Limit

  • Once the commission has been issued, a person has 30 calendar days from the beginning of the term prescribed in the commission to:
    • take, subscribe, and
    • file an oath of office, and
    • file a $15,000 surety bond with the
      • county clerk's office.

Note: The commission does not take effect until the oath and bond are filed with the county clerk’s office.

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