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How to Become a Notary Public in Nevada

If you are interested in becoming a Notary Public in Nevada, this guide answers many of the most commonly asked questions. Learn about notarial duties, and find out how you can earn your Notary commission. Once you are ready to begin the process of becoming a Nevada notary or renewing your Nevada commission, we'll walk you through step by step.

If you're not quite ready yet, we have additional resources where you can learn what a Notary is, what they do and why you should become a commissioned Notary.

Nevada Notary Process
Requirements to be a Notary in Nevada
General Notary Public Information

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Nevada Notary Process

To become a Notary Public in Nevada, you must complete the commissioning steps below:

  1. Make sure you meet all of your state’s requirements (see below).
  2. Register and pay for the Secretary of State’s 3-hour online training.
  3. Pass the Secretary of State’s exam.
  4. Get your $10,000 surety bond and file it with the county clerk so they can issue your “Filing Notice.”
  5. Submit your application, filing notice, training certificate and filing fee, to the Secretary of State.
  6. Buy your stamp. You must provide a copy of your Certificate of Appointment to an approved Notary seal vendor to complete your purchase.
  7. Buy your Notary journal.
  8. Consider getting errors and omissions insurance (optional, but strongly recommended).
  9. Consider taking a continuing education course for additional Notary training.

How long does it take to become a Notary in Nevada?

The Nevada Secretary of State’s office estimates 3-4 weeks for the processing of a Notary Public commission application.

How long does a Nevada Notary commission last?

The term of a Nevada Notary commission is four (4) years.

How much does it cost?

The application fee is $35 for a Notary Public commission in Nevada. The Secretary of State’s online Notary class and exam cost $45. There may be additional county fees for filing your bond, signature and commission. Additional costs for bonds, Notary tools and education courses vary depending on vendors.

The total cost of commissioning can differ depending on whether you are a new or renewing Notary. Keep in mind that supply package prices vary among vendors. New Notaries may need more “how-to” assistance than experienced Notaries. Books, training and live expert assistance are often must-haves for most new Notaries.

Before making your purchase, be sure to ask your vendor about any hidden fees – like processing fees – and research the quality of continuing education they provide.

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Requirements to be a Notary in Nevada

Who can become a Notary?

A Notary Public applicant in Nevada must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a resident of Nevada, or a resident of a bordering state and employed in Nevada
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a lawfully admitted permanent resident alien
  • Submit a complete set of fingerprints to the FBI for analysis if required by the Secretary of State
  • Possess civil rights (Convicted felons whose civil rights have not been restored cannot become a Notary)
  • Cannot hold a public office in the U.S. federal government at the time of application

What kind of training will I need?

Anyone applying for a Notary commission must take an approved 3-hour course of instruction. The online class costs $45 and is provided by the Secretary of State’s Notary Division. The Training & Class Information section of their website includes details about the topics covered, as well as how to register and pay for the training.

The NNA also offers an interactive online course that provides new Notaries with the how-to knowledge needed to perform common notarial acts.

Do I need to take an exam?

Yes, you must pass an online exam to become a Notary in Nevada.

What kind of supplies will I need?

You’ll need a Notary seal and journal. Nevada Notaries are required to use a rubber stamp ink seal for all notarial acts for paper documents. Your journal is a record of all your official notarial acts. It is your exclusive property and may not be used by any other person or surrendered to an employer upon termination of employment.

When shopping for seal stamps, quality and durability can vary greatly among vendors. Stamps should not bleed during or after use, as this can cause county officials to reject documents due to smudging.

When you’re deciding which journal to buy, look for security features like tamper-proof sewn binding so it’s easy to see if any pages are missing. This is extremely helpful if you’re ever named in a lawsuit and simple notebooks or glue-bound journals do not offer the same level of security.

If you are a mobile or retail Notary, an ID checking guide is recommended because you are constantly dealing with different people, as opposed to someone who notarizes in the same setting for the same group of people day after day.

What is a surety bond and why do I need one?

Nevada Notaries are required to get a $10,000 surety bond from an authorized provider and file it with the county clerk of your residence or employment. The bond is a financial guarantee from a bonding company for signers and parties relying on a notarization who experience financial damages because a Notary intentionally or unintentionally violated a Notary law. If damages are paid out from the bond, you will need to repay your surety company.

Since a surety bond does not protect the Notary, many Notaries choose to purchase errors and omissions (E&O) insurance policies to protect themselves from legal expenses. E&O insurance is not a requirement in Nevada.

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General Notary Public Information

Which state government office handles Notaries?

The Nevada Office of Secretary of State, Notary Division, Carson City, NV.

Where will I be able to notarize?

A Nevada Notary can perform notarial acts anywhere within the state’s borders.

What do I need to know about remote notarization in Nevada?

As of July 1, 2018, remote notarization is allowed in Nevada. The NNA will update this information when the Secretary of State publishes rules governing remote notarization. In the meantime, we’ve published an article describing what remote notarization is and what you need to know.

Who can I notarize for?

Any member of the public, as long as the request meets all statutory requirements for notarization.

May I become a Nevada Notary if I am not a U.S. citizen?

Yes. You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to become a Nevada Notary Public. You must, however, be a lawfully admitted permanent resident alien of the state and meet all other application requirements.

What additional steps do I need to take if I reside in a state that borders Nevada?

If you live in Arizona, California, Idaho, Oregon or Utah and you work in Nevada, you may qualify to become a non-resident Nevada Notary. You must meet all of the requirements and follow all of the steps resident Notaries must complete.

You’ll need to submit a "Nonresident Notary Public Affidavit" and provide a copy of your employer’s Nevada State Business license. Additionally, you’ll need your employer to fill out a "Nonresident Notary Public Affidavit of Applicant's Employer." If you’re self-employed, you’ll need to submit a "Nonresident Notary Public Affidavit of Self-Employed Applicant." Nonresident Notary affidavit forms are available online from the Nevada Secretary of State.

What is the process to renew my commission as a Nevada Notary?

The process to renew your Notary commission is the same as when you first applied. You must meet the requirements, take the 3-hour training class, pass the exam and follow all of the initial application steps.

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