Become an Oregon Notary Public

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Oregon Notary Commission Overview

The step-by-step process for becoming a notary public in the state of Oregon is detailed below. Once you are ready to shop for supplies, simply visit our store. As a national provider of notary supplies, notary bonds, insurance, and training, has pretty much everything you need to become an Oregon notary public.

How to Become a Notary Public in Oregon

Step-by-Step Instructions

How to Become a Notary Public in Oregon

1. Take an approved Notary Training Course. If you are a renewing Notary, you can skip this step.

2. Take the Oregon Notary Exam. The exam is based on material in the training course and the Oregon Notary Public Guide.

3.Complete the Oregon Notary Application. When you submit your application, a background check is performed automatically.

4. Receive your Oath of Office.

5. Take the Oath of Office before a Notary.

8. Send the completed Oath and $40 fee to:

Secretary of State Corporation Division
Attn: Notary Section
255 Capitol Street NE, Suite 151
Salem, OR 97310-1327

9. Receive your Certificate of Authorization and Oregon Notary Commission Certificate.

10. Buy your Oregon Notary stamp and journal. Submit your Certificate of Authorization to the stamp manufacturer (that's us!).

Congratulations! You are now an Oregon notary public!


Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident or Employee
Stamp/Seal: Required
Journal: Required
Application Fee: $40
Eligibility: Never had a notary public commission revoked during the 10-year period preceding the application date.
Other: Be able to read and write English, background check and revocation search

255 Capitol St. NE
Suite 151
Salem, OR 97310-1327

Phone: (503) 986-2200

State Requirements:

    1. Be 18 years of age or older.
    2. Be a resident of Oregon or have a place of employment or practice in this state.
    3. Be able to read and write English.
    4. Not have had a notary public commission revoked during the 10 year period preceding the date of application.
    5. Complete a notary training course within the last 6 months. (Not required of current Oregon notaries with an active commission at the time the new application is received in our office).
    6. Not have been convicted of a felony or of any crime involving fraud, dishonesty or deceit during the 10-year period preceding the date of application. (A background check is conducted on all applications for a notary public commission.)
    7. Not have been convicted of acting as or otherwise impersonating a notary public, obstructing governmental or judicial administration or engaging in the unlawful practice of law.
    8. Not have been found by a court to have practiced law without a license or engaged in an unlawful trade practice.
    9. Pass the Secretary of State’s Notary Public examination.