Everything You Need to Become an Illinois Notary, All in One Place


Welcome to the American Association of Notaries. Since 1994, we've helped hundreds of thousands of people in Illinois and across the country become notaries. With our guidance and expertise, you will become a skilled Illinois notary capable of providing accurate and efficient notarial services.
That is our mission.

The American Association of Notaries is the only
source you need to become an Illinois notary.
We can assist you with:

Notary Training -
We teach you how to perform your notarial duties according to notary law, which will reduce your liability.

Illinois Notary Bonds and Insurance -
To protect the public and you!

High Quality Illinois Notary Stamps and Notary Supplies -
Save up to 40% on the same notary stamp you would find elsewhere!

The Illinois Notary Application Process -
Simple, cost effective, and worry-free!

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Notary Stamps

Our notary stamps conform to Illinois notary law requirements and are manufactured in house using only the highest-quality materials.

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Notary Seals

All of our Illinois notary seal embossers are laser engraved and require minimal effort to produce sharp raised notary seal impressions.

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Notary Supplies

The AAN is one of the nation's top providers of quality notary supplies. We offer a lifetime warranty on all of our notary supplies.

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Notary Books

Our notary journals are easy to use and conform to Illinois notary laws. Every notary supplies order includes a free e-notary guide.

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Informational Illinois Notary Articles


What Are the Authorized Duties of a Notary in Illinois?

Illinois notaries public are individuals of proven integrity who are appointed by the Illinois Secretary of State for a four-year term. Their purpose is to serve as public officials and unbiased witnesses to the signing of important documents.

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How to Become a Loan Signing Agent in Illinois

An Illinois loan signing agent (LSA)—also referred to as a notary signing agent (NSA)—is a notary commissioned in Illinois who guides customers through the complicated loan signing process. LSA/NSA are duly commissioned notaries public trained to present loan documents for signing, perform all necessary notarizations, and return the executed documents to the closing agent for processing.

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How to Become a Notary in Illinois:

Compared to other states, Illinois has few eligibility requirements to become a notary. The process is simple and affordable (from $30.00) for a four-year Illinois notary term. To become a notary in Illinois, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States.
  • Be a resident of Illinois for at least 30 days or be a resident of a state bordering Illinois and have been employed or have maintained a business in Illinois for at least 30 days.
  • Be able to read and write the English language.
  • Never had a notary public commission revoked or a prior application revoked due to a finding or decision by the Illinois Secretary of State.
  • Never been convicted of a felony.

If you meet these qualification requirements, follow the steps below to become a notary in Illinois:

  1. Complete an Illinois notary application on our website. Our online notary application wizard will guide you step-by-step through the notary application process. Upon checkout you will be able to download the notary application, the notary bond, and instructions to complete the application process. Click here to start the application process.

  2. Purchase a four-year $5,000 Illinois notary bond (required by Illinois law). Illinois State requires all notary applicants for a traditional notary commission to maintain a $5,000 notary bond for the duration of their notary terms. The notary bond protects the public from errors made by an Illinois notary. All of our Illinois notary bonds come with a four-year, $5,000 notary errors and omissions insurance policy at no additional cost to you. If you would like to perform remote or electronic notarizations you are required to maintain a $30,000 notary bond. Click here to purchase a four-year, $5,000 or $30,000 notary bond.

  3. Take an approved notary course and pass the final exam. All new notary applicants and notaries renewing their notary commissions are required to complete a notary course from a course provider approved by the Illinois Secretary of State. The American Association of Notaries (an approved course provider) offers an approved course for as little as $29. You can register for the course while completing the notary application process or you can register here if you prefer to take the course separately.

  4. Mail us your Illinois notary application.  Mail us your completed notary application with the notary course certificate of completion, a copy of your driver’s license or state ID card, and the filing fee. We will check your application for accuracy and send it to the secretary of state. Allow 4-6 weeks for your application to be approved.

  5. Receive your notary commission certificate. Once your application is approved, the secretary of state will mail your Illinois notary commission certificate to your home address. You will need to provide us with a copy of the notary commission certificate before we ship your notary stamp order.

  6. Purchase a notary stamp and a notary journal. Illinois notary law requires that all notaries use a rectangular inked stamp to authenticate all notarial acts they perform. Only notary stamps with black ink color are allowed. All of our Illinois notary stamps are made in house and come with a life-time warranty. No questions asked! Click here to order a notary stamp and a notary journal.

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Important Notice:

We are prohibited by law from selling or disclosing any consumer information except as authorized by Section 176.240(e) of the Administrative Code. Complaints regarding the notary course provider may be directed to the Secretary of State’s Index Department at:

111 E. Monroe St.
Springfield, IL 62756
217-782-7017
Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Illinois notary bonds and errors and omissions insurance policies provided by this insurance agency, the American Association of Notaries, Inc., are underwritten by Western Surety Company (established 1900). Kal Tabbara is a licensed insurance agent in Illinois.

WE ARE NOT ASSOCIATED WITH ANY STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY