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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 here to become a notary in Florida.

Legal Disclaimer: The American Association of Notaries seeks to provide timely articles for notaries to assist them with information for managing their notary businesses, enhancing their notary education, and securing their notary stamp and notary supplies. Every effort is made to provide accurate and complete information in the American Association of Notaries newsletters. However, we make no warrant, expressed or implied, and we do not represent, undertake, or guarantee that the information in the newsletter is correct, accurate, complete, or non-misleading. 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 notaries' best practices, federal laws and statutes, and the laws and statutes of each state, we have gathered this information from a variety of sources and do not warrant its accuracy. In no event shall the American Association of Notaries, its employees, or contractors be liable to you for any claims, penalties, loss, damage, or expenses, howsoever arising, including, and without limitation, direct or indirect loss or consequential loss out of or in connection with the use of the information contained in the American Association of Notaries newsletters. It is your responsibility to know the appropriate notary laws governing your state. Notaries are advised to seek the advice of their states' notary authorities or attorneys in their state if they have legal questions. If a section of this disclaimer is determined by any court or other competent authority to be unlawful and/or unenforceable, the other sections of this disclaimer continue in effect.

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.