Documents Needed to Apply

After reviewing the previous page, you have determined that you are eligible to apply for a commission as a notary public in the state of Washington... Congratulations! Next, you will need to gather the necessary documents and sign your oath of office.


Before you submit your application you will need the following:


1. Electronic copy of your notarized Oath of Office form


What is the Oath of Office?

Every single notary public in the state of Washington swears to or affirms that the Oath of Office is true. The Oath of Office is as follows:


I, ____________________, solemnly swear or affirm under penalty of perjury that the personal information I have provided in this application is true, complete, and correct; that I have carefully read the materials available at the Notary Public website describing the duties of a notary public in and for the state of Washington; and, that I will perform to the best of my ability, all notarial acts in accordance with the law and rules. I have carefully read the questions in the foregoing application and have answered them completely, and pursuant to RCW 9A.72.085, I declare under penalty of perjury under the law of the state of Washington that my answers and all statements made by me herein are true and correct. Should I furnish any false information in this application, I hereby agree that such act shall constitute cause for the denial,

suspension or revocation of my appointment as a notary public in the state of Washington.


The oath of office must be completed in front of a licensed notary public, who will notarize the WA DOL "Notary Public Application Oath of Office" form.


2. Electronic copy of your signed $10,000 surety bond


RCW 42.45 requires that any individual applying to be commissioned as a notary public in the state of Washington must file a $10,000 notary public bond with the Department of Licensing prior to their appointment as a notary public.


An individual can obtain a 4-year, $10,000 bond from any insurance or bonding company licensed to do surety in the state of Washington.The cost of the bond can vary from company to company and the state does not regulate how much a bonding company may charge for the bond. We encourage you to shop around and compare!


3. Payment for the application fee


As of March 2024, the application fee to apply to be commissioned as a notary public in the state of Washington is $40.00. To see all notary public fees charged by the Washington State Departmetn of Licensing, click here.


Have you obtained all the necessary documents and have the money to pay the application fee? If so, then click "Next" to learn how to apply!




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