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What is a Florida Notary?


A Florida notary is a public officer appointed and commissioned by the Florida Governor. Florida notary law authorizes a Florida notary to perform the following notarial acts:

  1. Administer oaths or affirmations
  2. Take acknowledgements
  3. Attest to photocopies of certain documents
  4. Solemnize marriages
  5. Verify vehicle identification numbers (VINs)
  6. Certify the contents of safe deposit boxes

How Do I Become a Florida Notary?

  1. Complete a three-hour notary course
  2. Complete a Florida notary application
  3. Purchase a Florida notary bond
  4. Fill out an affidavit of character
  5. Pay a $39 filing fee
  6. Purchase a Florida notary stamp and record book

How Long Does It Take to Become a Florida Notary?

Your Florida notary application, if completed correctly, normally take from two to three weeks to process. Once the Governor’s Office approves your Florida notary application, they will forward your notary commission certificate to our office. We will then prepare your notary stamp and mail it you along with the notary commission certificate. The most common reason for rejected Florida notary application are:

  1. Missing signatures
  2. Missing notary course certificate
  3. Missing notary bond section

How Do I Start the Florida Notary Application Process?

The American Association of Notaries has been helping Florida notaries since 2006. We are your one-stop shop for all your Florida notary needs. We can issue notary bonds and are an approved notary application vendor with the Florida Governor’s Office. This means we are authorized to file notary applications on your behalf. We are also a notary stamp manufacturer. All notary stamps and supplies are manufactured in-house, and we guarantee our notary stamps for the duration of your notary commission.

Follow these steps to start your notary application process:

  1. Take a three-hour notary course offered for free  by the Governor’s Office.
  2. Complete an online application on our Florida notaries website.
  3. Print and complete the application and mail it to with a $39.00 application filing fee.

Once your application is approved, we will mail you your notary commission certificate and notary stamp. Click her to start to become a Florida notary.

Legal disclaimer: The American Association of Notaries seeks to provide timely articles for notaries to assist them with information and ideas for managing their notary businesses, enhancing their notary educations, and securing their notary supplies but makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained . Information in this article is not intended as legal advice. We are not attorneys. We do not pretend to be attorneys. Though we will sometimes provide information regarding federal laws and statutes and the laws and statutes of each state, we have gathered the information from a variety of sources. We do not warrant the information gathered from those sources. It is your responsibility to know the appropriate laws governing your state. Notaries are advised to seek the advice of an attorney in their state if they have legal questions about how to notarize.

Florida notary bonds and errors and omissions insurance policies provided by this insurance agency, the American Association of Notaries, Inc., are underwritten by Western Surety Company (established 1900). Kal Tabbara is a licensed insurance agent in Florida.