Step 1: Download and complete the Iowa Notary Public Application
The application to become a notary public for the State of Iowa is available for download here: Iowa Notary Public Application
The application includes detailed instructions on the correct way to complete it. Please follow the provided instructions exactly, as any discrepancies in the application will result in delays or a refusal to grant your commission.
Step 2: Mail your Completed Application and Fees to the Secretary of State
Once you have completed the application and reviewed it for completeness and accuracy, mail it along with a check or money order in the amount of $30.00, made payable to the "Secretary of State", to the following address and wait for your commission information.
Secretary of State
Notary Public Clerk
Lucas Building, 1st Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319
New and Renewing Notary Packages
Renewing Notary Packages do not come with a notary journal
Step 3: Order your Official Seal and other notarial products from The Notary's Store
Once you receive your commission information from the state you will be able to order your supplies. Please visit The Notary's Store, you will be entering the Iowa section for your official notary supplies. We offer a New Notary Supply Package and a Renewing Notary Supply Package which include your required Iowa Notary Seal/Stamp and officially recommended by the state Iowa Notary Journal, and other needed notary supplies at a special reduced price. Iowa law does not require a notary to keep a record of his/her official acts, but it is recommended to do so. A register will offer an excellent way of recalling past notarial acts. If a notary is called upon to testify in court, a register may help establish what actually took place. Once you receive your seal and supplies you will be ready to begin your duties as a notary public for the State of Iowa. To order, enter the required information and scroll down through the page to locate the notary packages, or purchase any other products you desire and follow the instructions through checkout. .
Step 4: Receive your Iowa Notary Commission information and order the remainder of your supplies from The Notary's Store
Once you have all of your paperwork completed and have received your supplies you will be ready to begin your duties as a notary public for the State of Iowa.
Note: An Errors and Omissions Insurance Policy is not required by law, but may be purchased as it protects the notary public and pays for any charges the notary might owe for legal fees and costs should the notary be sued.