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What is a Notary Public?
A Notary Public is an official appointed by the Secretary of State and authorized to serve the public as an unbiased witness when performing many legal formalities relating to the drafting or certifying of contracts, deeds, and other official documents. These official acts are called notarizations or notarial acts.
A notary public must file an oath of office and bond with the county clerk's office in the county where their principal place of business is located. This must be done within 30 calendar days from the commencement date of the commission. The 30-day period cannot be extended.
Statutes provide for filing the oath and bond by mail. It should be noted that the county processes documents in chronological order, but not necessarily on the date received due to the volume of documents. The oath and bond may be submitted to the county clerk prior to the commencement date of the commission and must be filed no later than 30 calendar days after the commencement date of the commission.
It is recommended that the oath and bond be submitted in person to guarantee timely filing.
How to File Notary Public Oath and Bond
Last updated November 2, 2022