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Notaries Public

Appointment and Commissioning

Notaries in the State of Alabama are appointed and commissioned by the probate judges of the various counties. In accordance with AL Code Section 36-20-70, the probate judge reports to the Secretary of State the name, county of residence, date of issuance and date of expiration of the commission of each notary appointed and commissioned under applicable law.

To become a notary, individuals must meet all of their states' qualifications, submit an application and qualify for a $25,000 bond. Each probate judge sets application rules and procedures to go along with this process set by state law. For information on being appointed a notary public, please contact the probate judge for your county. Click here to obtain contact information for your county probate judge.

Also, refer to these websites for information:

American Association of Notaries

American Society of Notaries

National Notary Association


To view an informational booklet on notaries public, click here.

To view the law regarding remote notarization in Alabama, click here.

Please note that the Secretary of State does not appoint or commission notaries. However, the records filed with this office regarding the appointment and commissioning of notaries are a matter of public record and are available for review by the general public. You can browse the list of commissioned notaries by clicking here.

Duties and Responsibilities

Notaries are commissioned by the probate judge of their applicable county for a four-year term. The duties and responsibilities of notaries are spelled out in the Code of Alabama. You may view Act 2011-295 online. It is the newest legislation regarding notaries public.

For more information on any Alabama Attorney General’s opinions concerning notary law, please visit the Opinions Search page of that website.

Authentication of Notarial Signature and Seal

Information on authentication of the signature and seal of a notary public is available by clicking here.

For additional information, contact:

Janice McDonald
Phone: (334) 353-7854
or send email