Notary Public

A Notary Public is a person legally empowered to witness and certify documents and to take affidavits and depositions. Applications for appointment as a Notary Public are made to the Secretary of the Commonwealth. The application form, prescribed by the Secretary is available online or at any Circuit Court Clerk’s office.

Who is Eligible

To be eligible to apply for a Virginia Notary Public Commission, you must be:
  • At least eighteen years old,
  • Able to read and write the English language,
  • Be a legal resident of the United States,
  • Live or work in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and
  • Have not been convicted of a felony.
Any person who has ever been convicted of a felony under the laws of the United States or this Commonwealth, or the laws of any other state, shall not qualify to be appointed and commissioned as a Virginia Notary Public unless such person has had his/her rights restored.

Application Process

To become a traditional (paper) notary or to renew a Notary Commission, an application must be completed as prescribed by the Secretary of the Commonwealth. You can fill out an application online using the Notary Application Wizard (preferred), obtain blank forms to download and print online, or pick up a form at any Circuit Court Clerk's Office.

Time Limits

  • Applicant has 60 days from date of appointment to take the oath at the requested Clerk's Office. After 60 days the commission will be returned to the Secretary of Commonwealth, and applicant must reapply.
  • Notary commission is valid for four years.
For more information visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth's website.