Louisiana

 Notary Service and Bonding Agency, Inc.

Serving over a million notaries since 1940 we have made becoming or renewing as a Louisiana notary public worry-free. We are your primary notarial provider to securely order your notary bond and supplies.

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Important State of Louisiana Notary Links:

How to become or renew as a notary in the State of Louisiana:

  • Complete the online application to qualify for appointment as notary public.
  • Register to take the notary exam pre-assessment.
  • Prepare for and register to take the notary exam.
  • Purchase your notary bond, stamp(s) and supplies.
  • Complete the process with the Secretary of State.
  • Check the notary database for your Louisiana notary public commission information.
  • Once listed as a active notary public obtain your commission information.
Legacy State Id: 
45
Eligibility: 
Be 18 years old or older.
Be a resident citizen or alien of the state of Louisiana.
Be registered to vote in the parish in which the person seeks a notary commission.
Be able to read, write, and speak, in English and be sufficiently knowledgeable of the English language.
Not be under interdiction or incapable of serving as a notary because of mental infirmity.
Hold a high school diploma, a diploma for completion of a home study program approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, or a high school diploma issued after successfully completing the test of General Educational Development.
Not have been convicted of a felony or convicted and pardoned.
Provisions: 
Notary Term
5 years.
Notary Bond
Required. A $10,000 surety bond or errors and omissions policy or personal surety bond is required of new notaries - resident attorneys are exempt.
Errors & Omissions Insurance
Optional. Notary Service and Bonding Agency, Inc. strongly recommends that Louisiana notaries insure themselves against claims of negligence.
Notary Stamp/Notary Seal
None Required. A Louisiana notary’s signature is his or her seal. However, a notary public is not prohibited from using an official notary seal. If a Louisiana notary public opts to use a notary seal in the performance of a notarial act, the notary seal should at least contain the notary’s name, the words “Notary Public,” “State of Louisiana” and “Parish of ____.”
Record Journal
Required - Only for notaries in Orleans Parish. Notary Service and Bonding Agency, Inc. strongly recommends that Louisiana notaries maintain a notary journal of every notarial act they perform for their records and protection from liability
State Filing Fee
$25 qualifying application fee; $35 commission filing fee.
Education/Testing
Required. Attorneys, appointed notaries public seeking a dual commission, or notaries public qualifying for a commission in a new parish because of a change in residence are exempt from having to take the notary examination. The Secretary of State administers the notary examination regionally twice a year on the first Saturday in June and December.
Jurisdiction
Statewide for attorneys. Notaries public are commissioned in the parish of their residence. Notaries in reciprocal parishes have the authority to exercise their official notarial acts within the group reciprocal parishes created by the legislature that have a population of less than forty thousand in which he or his employer maintains an office without additional bonding or examination. If the parishes are not reciprocal, notaries have to obtain a dual commission to notarize in another parish and maintain bonds in both parishes.
Non-Residents
Permitted only for non-resident attorneys who are licensed to practice law and who maintain offices in the state of Louisiana. Such individuals will be notary public ex officio upon filing a certificate of good standing from the Louisiana Supreme Court with the Secretary of State. These notaries ex officio are authorized and empowered to exercise all the powers and functions of a commissioned notary public in any parish or parishes in which they maintain an office open to the public for the practice of law. These non-resident attorneys must submit a $10,000 surety bond or errors and omissions policy or personal surety bond.
Steps: 
Complete the required application to qualify for appointment as notary public.
  • Continue here to be directed to the Secretary of State website for the application to qualify for appointment as notary public.
How to register to take the notary exam pre-assessment:

Note: If you have previously taken the notary exam pre-assessment, you will proceed to register for the state notary exam in the next step.

When you’re application to qualify is approved, you will receive an email containing your applicant ID and an access code to enable you to register online to take the mandatory notary exam pre-assessment.

  • Continue here to register online to take the mandatory notary exam pre-assessment.

When registration for the pre-assessment is complete, the LSU Center for Assessment and Evaluation will email you login instructions to complete the pre-assessment. Once this office receives your score from LSU OAE, you will be able to register for the state notary exam. This test is an evaluation and does not require a passing score for you to register for the state notary exam.

How to prepare for and register to take the state notary exam:

How to prepare for the exam: The Secretary of State publishes an official study guide for the exam. Entitled Fundamentals of Louisiana Notarial Law and Practice, the study guide contains the sources and materials from which the exam items are drawn.

  • Continue here for information on how to order the Fundamentals of Louisiana Notarial Law and Practice examination official study guide.

How to register to take the state exam: Once you have received a score on the notary exam pre-assessment, you can register online to take the state notary exam. The deadline to get your application to qualify, notary exam pre-assessment and examination registration completed is 60 days prior to the exam. Please take note that the application to qualify must be approved by the Secretary of State's Office and the notary exam pre-assessment registration and scoring process take approximately one week. It is, therefore, beneficial to the applicant to submit these well in advance of the deadline. Deadline to complete the pre-assessment is 67 days prior to the exam.

  • Continue here to register online to take the state notary exam.
Place your order for your new or renewal Louisiana notary bond package.

Online Ordering: Proceed back to the secure shopping store to complete your order.

Fax / Mail Ordering:

  • Continue here to complete and print your new or renewal notary bond package order form.

Fax: 1-800-637-5992
Mail To:
Notary Service and Bonding Agency, Inc.
550 Hulet Drive
Suite 105 
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

Once we receive your form and payment we will review your form for accuracy. If all the information is correct and complete we will then process your order and mail you your notary bond which you must then file with your Secretary of State's office. Please allow ample time to receive your new official notary seal stamp due to the fact that it needs to be personalized and manufactured.

File your notary documents with the Secretary of State's office and what you must file?
  • Continue here for more detailed information on how and what notary documents you must file.

In order to be commissioned by the Secretary of State on behalf of the Governor, the following documents are required:

  • Two Original Oaths of Office, properly executed. Send one (1) to Secretary of State and file one (1) with your parish Clerk of Court.
  • Official signature page.
  • Original or Certified True Copy Surety or Personal surety bond that has been approved by the parish Clerk of Court in the amount of $10,000. 
  • A $35 commission filing fee - check or money order payable to the “Secretary of State”.

Once you have verified all items for completeness and accuracy send all but one copy of the Oath of Office to: 

Louisiana Secretary of State
Notary Division
P. O. BOX 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125

Note: File a duplicate original Oath of Office with the parish Clerk of Court within one month after the oath is administered.

Check the notary database for your Louisiana notary public commission information. Once listed as a active notary public proceed to the next step.

Once you have completed the above steps you will need to check the Louisiana Notary Database often until you see that you are listed as an active notary public.

  • Continue here to check the Louisiana Notary Database for your commission information.
Obtain your commission information and you will be authorized to begin your notarial duties.

Please be advised you do not need to wait for your commission information to arrive in the mail. You can begin on your commission date, which can be obtained from the notary database as soon as it is updated to include your commission information.

State Bond Terms: 
5 Year Term / $10,000 Bond
State Stamp / Seal Requirements: 
Not Required. The State considers the notary's signature the notarial seal.
Public Records URL: 
http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/Louisiana.htm
State Store Name: 
Notary Service and Bonding Agency, Inc.
Allow Faxed Applications: 
Not Allowed
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