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Becoming a Notary Public has never been easier. All of your State's Contact Information is listed for your reference and review. Scroll down and you will find your State's Qualifications and easy to follow Application Procedures.

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Contact Information:

State Contact: Office of the Secretary of State
Appointing Authority: Secretary of State

Contact:
Office of the Secretary of State
State Capitol, Notary Division
1445 K Street or PO Box 95104
Room 1301, State Capitol Building
Lincoln, NE 68509

Telephone: 402-471-2558
Fax: 402-471-4429
E-Mail: sos.notary@nebraska.gov
Website: www.sos.state.ne.us/business/notary/

Qualifications

Applicants for the office of notary public must meet the following criteria:

  • He or she has taken and passed a written examination on the duties and obligations of a Notary Public
  • Must be at least 19 years of age
  • You must be a resident of the State of Nebraska. Working in Nebraska, but living in another state does not meet statutory requirements for residency
  • He or she has never been convicted of a felony or other crime involving fraud or dishonesty
  • The applicant certifies to the Secretary of State under oath that he or she has carefully read and understands the laws relating to the duties of notaries public and will, if commissioned, faithfully discharge the duties pertaining to the office and keep records according to law.
  • The applicant must be able to read and write English

Term of Office
4 years

Appointment
Secretary of State

Notary Education
Recommended - not required

Notary Exam
Required by state law

Study Course
"Notary Public Education Course"
FREE when you purchase a Notary Supply Package at The Notary's Store

Bond
$15,000 (Ordered before filing your application)

Seal of Office
Rubber Stamp Seal with reproducible ink required by state law

Notary Journal
Officially recommended by the state

E & O insurance
Not required - Errors and Omissions Insurance recommended for notary protection


Application Procedures

Step 1: Complete the written Notary Public Examination

The test is available from the Nebraska Secretary of State's office. To acquire the test you may write, call or otherwise contact their office and request the materials be mailed to you.

Notary Division
PO Box 95104
Lincoln, NE 68509 - 5104
(402) 471-2558

The written examination will be a take home, open book type test. The test must be completed by the applicant who will then swear an oath that they completed the test without assistance from others. Answers must be hand marked, no machine marked or pre-printed tests will be allowed. There will be 20 multiple choice and true or false questions on the test. The applicant may miss no more than 3 questions to pass. Once the test is completed, it should be mailed to the Secretary of State Office Notary Section at the address given above. Once you submit the test you should wait for your written results to come from the office of the Secretary of State before continuing to the next step. If you pass, proceed to step 2. If you do not pass, the notary division of the office will send a second test out with the notification that the applicant did not pass the first test.

New and Renewing Notary Packages
New and Renewing Notary Packages
Renewing Notary Packages do not come with a notary journal

Our New and Renewal Notary Packages DO NOT include your required $15,000 Nebraska Notary Bond. The State of Nebraska requires purchasing your notary bond, which you will need to send along with your notary application.

Step 2: Order your $15,000 Surety Bond from The Notary's Store

The notary bond is a specific document that must be completed and submitted as part of the application process. No bond or insurance that your employer is already holding will function as your notary bond.

Please visit The Notary's Store you will be entering the Nebraska section for your official notary supplies. We offer both a New Notary Supply Package and a Renewing Notary Supply Package which include your required Nebraska Notary Seal/Stamp and strongly recommended Nebraska Notary Journal, and other needed notary supplies at a special reduced price, but you will need to order your required $15,000 Nebraska Notary Bond separately. Nebraska law does not require a notary to keep a record of his/her official acts, but it is recommended to do so. A record book will offer an excellent way of recalling past notarial acts. If a notary is called upon to testify in court, a record book may help establish what actually took place. To order, enter all required information and scroll down through the page to locate the notary packages, or you can purchase your notary supplies separately. Follow the onscreen instructions through checkout and your supplies will be sent to you as soon as your order is processed, and will ship in usually no more than 1 business day. Once you have your official bond and have make a copy of the actual bond for your records you may proceed with step 3.

Step 3: Download and complete the Nebraska Notary Public Application

Nebraska Notary Public Application

You will need to make arrangements to have a notary public take your acknowledgment under oath or affirmation that the information provided in the application is true. The Notary Search feature from Notary-services.com can be helpful in contacting a notary public. Simply click the link below, enter your home ZIP code and click search for a list of notaries public in your area: Click here Notary Search. Submit this Notary Application, your $15,000 Surety Bond and $30.00 Commission fee to the Secretary of State's Office after you have received confirmation from our office that you have passed the written examination.

Make check payable to the "Secretary of State". We accept personal checks, money orders and cashiers checks, but prefer that you do not send cash through the mail.

Mail to:
Notary Division
PO Box 95104
Lincoln, NE 68509 - 5104

When any person is appointed to the office of Notary Public, the Secretary of State shall cause his or her signature or a facsimile thereof to be affixed to the commission and he or she shall affix thereto the great seal of the state. Upon the filing and approval of the bond, the Secretary of State shall mail or deliver the commission to the applicant. The form and format of the commission shall be prescribed by the Secretary of State.

Step 4: Order the remainder of your supplies from The Notary's Store

You must obtain an official seal with which to authenticate your official acts. This must be a rubber ink stamp, but an impression seal may be used in conjunction with it, and you can get both of these items from The Notary's Store.

Once you have received your Commission Certificate and have all the information necessary to do so, you can purchase your required notarial seal and notary journal, if you have not already purchased them. Please visit The Notary's Store you will be entering the Nebraska section for your official notary supplies. Your required Nebraska Notary Seal/Stamp and strongly recommended Nebraska Notary Journal are available for purchase. To order, enter the required information and scroll down through the page to locate the Nebraska notary seal/stamp and Nebraska notary journal and any other products you desire, and follow the instructions through checkout. Once you have your official seal and journal you are ready to perform notarial acts.

Note: An Errors and Omissions Insurance Policy does not replace a bond, but will help to repay the bonding company if a claim is ever made. An Errors and Omissions 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.


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