Notary FAQ

Q: What is the notary surety bond?
A: In order to complete your notary commission, you must post bond in the amount of $1,000.00 with a notary surety bond from an approved insurance company. If the notary does something illegal with regard to notarizing a document, the insurance bond covers the penalty up to $1,000.00.

Q: Can I still have a property owner sign as surety?
A: No. As of January 1, 2020, an insurance bond is required.

Q: Is the use of a seal necessary?
A: As of January 1, 2020, it is no longer necessary to use a seal.  If the notary does choose to use a stamp or seal, the embossed seal must be inked.  The stamp must include the notary's: name, title, jurisdiction, commission number, and expiration date. KRS 423.370  Other requirements for a seal apply to electronic and remote online notaries.

Q: Do I have to use my identification number when I notarize a document?
A: Yes.  You must include your jurisdiction, commission number and expiration date.

Q: Is there a notary handbook available?
A: For further notary information and/or handbook, please go to the Secretary of State's website

Q: Will I be notified when my commission is ready to expire?
A: No. The Secretary of State does not send any reminders when your four-year commission will expire.

Q: How do I renew my notary?
A: You may reapply to the Secretary of State within four weeks of your commission expiration date.