Kentucky

 Kentucky Notary "Discount" Association

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Important State of Kentucky Notary Links:

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

  • Complete your notary public (state at large) application.
  • Receive notice from the state that your certificate of appointment is in the County Clerk's office.
  • Purchase your notary bond, stamp(s) and supplies.
  • Complete the process at the County Clerk's office.
Legacy State Id: 
54
Eligibility: 
Be 18 years old or older.
Be a resident of the county from which the applicant makes his or her application or be principally employed in the county from which he or she makes the application.
Be of good moral character.
Not have been convicted of a felony.
Be capable of discharging the duties imposed upon him or her by the notary laws.
Receive the endorsement of the officer approving the application.
Provisions: 
Notary Term
4 years.
Notary Bond
Required. A notary bond is required for new and renewing notaries. The amount of bond varies in each county. To determine the amount of bond required in the county where the notary public will be appointed, the notary must contact his or her county clerk for specific information.
Errors & Omissions Insurance
Optional. Kentucky Notary "Discount" Association strongly recommends that Kentucky notaries insure themselves against claims of negligence.
Notary Stamp/Notary Seal
Optional. If a notary public is going to use a seal of office, the following elements are required: the notary public’s name and the title of the notary public, such as “Notary Public—State at Large,” or “Notary Public—Special Commission.”
Record Journal
None required except for protests. The Kentucky Secretary of State and Kentucky Notary "Discount" Association strongly recommend that Kentucky notaries public record every notarial act they perform in a notary journal for their records and protection from liability.
State Filing Fee
A $10 filing fee is required for new and renewal notary applications.
Education/Testing
None Required.
Jurisdiction
Statewide. The notary public may perform notarial acts in any county of the state of Kentucky by filing in the county clerk’s office of that county his or her written signature and a certificate of the county clerk of the county for which he was appointed setting forth the fact of his or her appointment and qualification as a notary public. A fee must also be paid to the county clerk.
Non-Residents
Permitted. Non-residents must be employed in the state of Kentucky and must meet the same qualifications as Kentucky residents.
Notary Commission Renewal
A notary may apply four weeks before the commission expiration date by completing a renewal application form.
Steps: 
Complete the Kentucky Notary Public State at Large appointment or reappointment application and mail it along with a filing fee to the notary commissions office.
  • Continue here to complete and print the Kentucky Notary Public State at Large appointment or reappointment application.

Complete the Kentucky Notary Public State at Large appointment or reappointment application as well as the certificate of approval section on the application and mail it along with a filing fee of $10.00 via check or money order made payable to the "Kentucky State Treasurer" to the following address: 

Notary Commissions
P.O. Box 821
Frankfort, KY 40602-0821

Receive notice from the state and then you may proceed with your order.

Once you receive notice from the state that the Certificate of Appointment is in the County Clerk's office you will need to order your 4 year $1,000 notary bond and notary supplies.

Place your order for your new or renewal (state at large) Kentucky 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 (state at large) notary package order form.

Fax: 1-800-637-5992
Mail To:
Kentucky Notary "Discount" Association
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 County Clerk's office.

Proceed to the County Clerk's office to complete the commissioning process.

Once the application has been processed by the Kentucky Secretary of State, your Certificate of Appointment will be sent to the County Clerk in the county of application. At the same time the Kentucky Secretary of State sends the Certificate of Appointment to the County Clerk, a written notice will be sent to the applicant stating the Certificate of Appointment can be obtained from the County Clerk’s office. For specific information regarding the bonding and oath process, you should make direct contact with your County Clerk. You will have 30 days to go to the County Clerk’s office to obtain your Certificate of Appointment and do the following:

  • Post bond.
  • Take the oath of office.
  • File and record your commission in the office of the county clerk.
You are now authorized to begin your notarial duties.

Once you post bond, take the oath of office and file your commission at the County Clerk's office you will be authorized to begin your duties as a notary public for the State of Kentucky.


 Additional Information from the Kentucky Secretary of State:

  • Continue here for more information to answers to frequently answered questions regarding notaries.
  • Continue here to print and review Kentucky notary public guidelines.
State Bond Terms: 
4 Year Term / $1,000 Bond
State Stamp / Seal Requirements: 
Not Required but Strongly Recommended.
Public Records URL: 
http://www.publiclibraries.com/records/kentucky.htm
State Store Name: 
Kentucky Notary "Discount" Association
Allow Faxed Applications: 
Allowed
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