At the time of writing this article, Florida is one of the few states that still requires notary applicants to submit a paper notary application. All notary applicants in Florida must submit their applications through an approved notary vendor authorized to file notary applications with the State. Since the Florida notary application page is a little lengthy and confusing, following the steps below will make it easier to understand.
1- Download a Florida Notary Application
Click here to download a Florida notary application and the instructions for properly completing it. Read the instruction page first; it outlines the steps you need to take to finish the notary application. Provide all the information requested and then return the completed notary application to AAN with your payment. If there is any missing information, the application will be returned to you. Once we receive all the fees and the completed application, we will issue the required four-year, Florida notary bond and forward the Florida notary application to the Governor’s Office for review. Allow two to three weeks for the State to review your notary application.
2- Approved Florida Notary Applications
If your Florida notary application is approved by the State, the Governor’s Office will mail us your notary commission certificate. We will prepare any notary supplies that you ordered and mail both the notary commission certificate and your Florida notary supplies to the address that you provided on your order. Please ensure that the name on the stamp and the notary commission match before using your Florida notary stamp. If there are any discrepancies, please call our office. Make sure you sign documents using the same official signature that you chose on the oath of office page on the notary application.
3- Denied Florida Notary Applications
The Governor’s Office has the authority to deny notary applications for any reason. Denied notary applications are not subject to review, but denied notary applicants can re-submit applications within a year from the date of initial rejection.
The American Association of Notaries offers an online wizard that will guide you step-by-step to become a Florida notary and notifies you if you miss any fields. Once you complete the online form, you can download, print, and sign the Florida application and mail it to AAN. Click here to start the Florida notary application process