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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.

Thanks for allowing the Notary Learning Center to help you in becoming a Notary Public.

Because the qualifications and requirements are different for each state, use the "Select another State" menu above for information specific to becoming a Notary Public in that State.

Contact Information:

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

Notary Public Office:
Secretary of State, Notary Public Section
Townsend Building
401 Federal Street, Suite 4
Dover, DE 19901

Postal Address:
Secretary of State
Notary Public Section
PO Box 898
Dover, DE 19903

Telephone: 302-739-4111
Fax: 302-739-2499


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

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Provide a legal residence within the State (except non-residents who maintain a Delaware workplace)
  • Good character and reputation
  • A reasonable need for a notary commission
  • Two letters of recommendation

Term of Office
Two years for new appointments; two or four years for subsequent appointments
A term of two years ($60.00 fee) or a term of four years ($90.00 fee)


Notary Education
Recommended - not required

Notary Exam
Not required

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

Not required by state law

Seal of Office
Rubber Stamp Seal with reproducible ink required by state law, or Embossing seal

Notary Journal
Recommended by the Notary Learning Center

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

Application Procedures

Step 1: Visit Delaware's Online Notary Application System

Online Application Instructions

Step 2: Post commission instructions:

UPON RECEIPT OF YOUR COMMISSION.. The Oath of Office must be taken in the presence of a Notary Public who will notarize your signature. A copy of the completed Oath of Office must be returned to the Secretary of State, Notary Public Section preferably via email, or alternatively by mail or fax (contact information below). There is no fee charged for this recordation. IMPORTANT: A Notary Public may not perform any notarial acts until the Oath of Office is received by the Secretary of State, Notary Public Section. A confirmation of receipt will be sent back to the Notary Public. New Castle County residents must also register with the Prothonotary's Office. For more information about these requirements, click:

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

Step 4: Order your supplies from The Notary's Store and begin your duties as a Notary Public for the State of Delaware.

Once you have recorded your commission with the Recorder of Deeds in your county, please visit The Notary's Store, you will be entering the Delaware section for your notary supplies. We offer a New Notary Supply Package and a Renewing Notary Supply Package which include your required Delaware Notary Seal /Stamp, Delaware Notary Journal and other needed notary supplies at a special reduced price. There is no legal requirement in Delaware that a notary public keep a record book or journal. However, a notary may keep a journal for his or her own record keeping and protection should a notarial act ever be called into question. The Delaware Notary Journal, offered at The Notary's Store, was designed specifically for notaries public. To order, enter the 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 be shipped in approximately 2-3 business days.

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.

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