Notary Information

The North Carolina Secretary of State oversees the qualification of notaries in North Carolina. You may obtain the following information from the notary public section of the North Carolina Secretary of State's website:

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

Fee for notary application is $50 and must accompany the application which is mailed to:
Secretary of State
Notary Public Division
P.O. Box 29626
Raleigh, NC 27626-0622

Administration of Oath

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 oath 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 per signature.

Notary Public Guidebook for North Carolina

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 for $20, plus sales tax for North Carolina residents.