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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: Secretary of Commonwealth
Appointing Authority: Governor

Secretary of the Commonwealth
Public Records Division
McCormack Building, Room 1719
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108

Telephone: 617-727-2832


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

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Reside legally or conduct business on a regular basis within Massachusetts

Term of Office
7 years

Governor, with consent of Governor's Council

Notary Education
Highly 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
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 Massachusetts Notary Public Application

Massachusetts 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. Your signature in the Oath portion of the Application will need to be notarized. The Find a Notary feature from Notary Rotary, Inc., can be helpful in locating a notary in your area to help process your application.

Once you have completed the application according to the instructions provided you will need to forward it to the following address:

Notary Public Office
Room 184, State House
Boston, MA 02133

Be sure you have followed all instructions and have completed the application in full before sending. Any errors or omissions on the application could result in a delay in processing.

Step 2: Follow the instructions provide by the Secretary of the Commonwealth to be sworn in and pay your commission fee

When your application is favorably considered, you will be notified by the Secretary of the Commonwealth who will include with the notification of your appointment the directions for being sworn in. At the same time you will be provided with instructions as to the manner and method for paying the $60.00 commission fee to the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

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

Step 3: Order your supplies from The Notary's Store

Please visit The Notary's Store, you will be entering the Massachusetts section for your State required Notary Seal, Notary Journal and other notary supplies. We offer both a New Notary Supply Package and a Renewing Notary Supply Package which include your required Massachusetts Notary Seal/Stamp and Massachusetts Notary Journal, and other needed notary supplies at a special reduced price. To order, enter the required information and scroll down through the page to locate the notary packages and any other products you would like to purchase. 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 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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