Register of Deeds

 Notary Information


The NC Secretary of State oversees the qualification of notaries in North Carolina.  You may obtain the following information from the Notary Public Section of the NC Secretary of State's web site:

Secretary of State

  • Requirements for becoming a Notary
  • Initial Application Form
  • Requirements for Reappointment as Notary
  • Application for Reappointment
  • Requirements for Name Change/Address Change
  • Application for Change of Name/Addresss
  • Notary Acknowledgment Forms

Fee for notary application is $50 and must accompany the application which is mailed to:

 Secretary of State
 Notary Pubic Division
 PO Box 29626
 Raleigh, NC 27626-0622

After receiving word that the notary commission is approved, the applicant must appear at the Register of Deeds in the county of the commission for the administration of oath.  Fee for administering the notary is $10.  We accept cash or checks only.  No Debit or Credit Cards accepted.

The Register of Deeds is responsible for verifying that the notary's commission is valid as it appears on the acknowledgment submitted for authentication.  Fee for authentication is $2 for signature.

You can purchase a copy of the Notary Public Guidebook for North Carolina at the DCCC bookstore.  The guidebook is also available from the School of Government's website at, for $20.00, plus sales tax for NC residents.