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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: Department of the Attorney General
Appointing Authority: Attorney General

Notary Public Office:
Notary Public Office
425 Queen Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Telephone: 808-586-1216
Notary Office:


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

  • Be at least of 18 years of age
  • Must be a resident of the State of Hawaii
  • Must pass the required State exam
  • Possess the qualities of public officers
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident alien of the U.S. who diligently seeks U.S citizenship

Term of Office
4 years

Attorney General

Notary Education
Recommended - not required

Notary Exam
Required - 72 points to pass or 80% correct

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

$1,000 (Obtained after receiving your commission)

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

Notary Journal
Required by state law

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

Application Procedures

Step 1: Download and complete the Application Form

The application to become a notary public for the State of Hawaii can be found here:

Hawaii Notary Public Application

Also, the application, and other notaries public documents and tools are now available online at At this location you may:

  • Submit an application
  • Renew a notary commission
  • Schedule an exam
  • Submit a resignation
  • Make a payment
  • Step 2: Mail, drop off or submit your notarized application and fees online to the Department of the Attorney General, Notary Public Office

    Once you have completed the application form, in it's entirety as indicated in the instructions, you may pay the $10 fee and submit the form online at Or, mail or drop off your fee and application to the Department of the Attorney General at the following address:

    Department of the Attorney General
    Notary Public Office
    425 Queen Street
    Honolulu, HI 96813

    Remember, the affidavit at the end of the application will need to be completed and sworn to in front of a notary. The Find a Notary feature from Notary Rotary, Inc., may be helpful in locating a notary in your area to help process your application. Also, the application will not be considered complete unless accompianied by a letter of justification and a letter or recommendation.

    Step 3: Study for and take the official State Notary Public Examination and await your passing notice

    After approval of an applicant by the Attorney General, the applicant is required to take a written closed-book examination covering such statutory laws and rules that apply to notaries public, as well as practical aspects of a notary's practice and a notary's duties and responsibilities. The passing score is 72 points or 80 percent.

    You may download and study the Hawaii Notary Public Handbook if you do not already have one, by clicking on the following link: Hawaii Notary Public Handbook

    The state exam is given on different days and at different times depending on which island you reside, but you will receive specific instructions when and where your exam will be given when you receive notice your application has been accepted. You may also schedule your exam online at

    Once you take your exam it will take up to 30 days to receive results. You will receive a written notice in the mail informing you of your test result and instructions on what to do next.

    Step 4: Mail or deliver payment for the issuance of your commission to the Department of the Attorney General

    When you receive notice from the state that you have passed your exam, you will need to make payment in the amount of $40.00 to the Attorney General for the issuance of your commission. Checks should be made out to "State Director of Finance". or payment may be made online at

    You may mail payment to:

    Notary Public Office
    Department of the Attorney General
    425 Queen Street
    Honolulu, HI 96813

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

    Step 5: Purchase your notary seal and $1,000 surety bond from Notary Rotary, Inc.

    Please visit the Notary Rotary online store for your official surety bond. To order, enter the required information, and scroll through the product page to locate and select the bond, and follow the instructions through checkout. Your surety bond will be shipped as soon as possible, usually within two to three days.

    Step 6: Order your notarial supplies from The Notary's Store

    Please visit The Notary's Store, you will be entering the Hawaii section for your official notary supplies. We offer a New Notary Supply Package and a Renewing Notary Supply Package which includes Hawaii Notary Seal/Stamp, and other needed notary supplies at a special reduced price, but you will need to order your required $1,000 Hawaii Notary Bond separately. To order, enter the required information and scroll down through the page to locate the notary packages, or you can purchase your required 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 does not replace a bond, but will help to repay the bonding company if a claim is ever made. Errors and Omissions 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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