Become a Pennsylvania Notary Public

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Pennsylvania Notary Commission Overview

The step-by-step process for becoming a notary public in the state of Pennsylvania 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 a Pennsylvania notary public.


Pennsylvania Notary Supply Package

Includes a Pennsylvania notary stamp and a $10,000/4-year Pennsylvania notary bond. Customize your Pennsylvania supply package with add-ons like our state-approved Pennsylvania notary course, notary journal, embosser, E&O insurance, and more!

How to Become a Notary Public in Pennsylvania

Step-by-Step Instructions

How to Become a Pennsylvania Notary Public

To become a notary public in Pennsylvania, you must complete the following:

1. Complete the required 3-hour Pennsylvania Notary Online Course.

2. Purchase your Pennsylvania notary bond, notary stamp, and journal, included in our Pennsylvania Supply Package

3. Complete the Online Notary Commission Application form. You will need to attach your training certificate (received immediately after you complete our course) and pay the $42 application fee.

4. In ~3 weeks, you will receive an email from either the Pennsylvania Department of State or Pearson VUE with details on the $65 state exam.

5. Take and pass the Pennsylvania state exam. Follow the state exam instructions carefully. If you pass the state exam, your score will be sent to the state. All applicants for a commission as a notary public who do not hold a current and unexpired commission are required to take the state exam.

6. Receive an email with your Notice of Appointee letter and blank bond letter. 

7. Forward a copy of your blank bond letter to us at We will ship your Pennsylvania notary bond and supplies within 24 business hours of receiving your blank bond letter.

8. Within 45 days of your appointment, you must go to your county recorder and present evidence of your identity. Here you will file your bond and take your oath of office.

9. Register your signature with the prothonotary of the county in which your notary business is located. Sign your name exactly as it appears on your commission. 

10. You will receive your commission certificate and wallet card from the county recorder.


For more information, see Becoming a Pennsylvania Notary Public, Pennsylvania Bond Requirements, and Pennsylvania Notary Education Requirements.


Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident or Employee
Stamp/Seal: Required
Journal: Required
Bond: $10,000
Application Fee: $42
Eligibility: No felony convictions.
Never had a notary commission revoked
Other: Complete a certified training course.
Complete an exam: $65

Department of State Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation
210 North Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0029

Phone: (717) 787-5280

PA Notary Public Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States
  • Be a resident of or have a place of employment or practice in this Commonwealth
  • Be able to read and write English
  • Not be disqualified to receive a commission because of character, criminal convictions or prior sanctions
  • Education – All applicants for both initial appointment and reappointment as a notary public must complete at least three hours of approved notary education within the six months immediately preceding the application for appointment or reappointment
  • Examination – All applicants for a commission as a notary public who do not hold a current and unexpired commission in this Commonwealth must pass an examination administered by the Department’s examination vendor Pearson VUE