Illinois Notary - American Association of Notaries

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


Welcome to the American Association of Notaries. Since 1994, we've helped hundred 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:

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

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

High Quality Illinois Notary Stamps and Notary Supplies - at a savings of 40% or more and a lifetime replacement guarantee!

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

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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 state notary laws. Every notary supplies order includes a free e-notary guide.

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Informational Illinois Notary Articles


Notaries and the Unauthorized Practice of Law

Unless a notary is also a licensed attorney, he or she may not give legal advice or accept fees for legal advice. In civil-law jurisdictions, and in most common-law jurisdictions outside the United States, notaries are essentially lawyers who have extensive training in the drafting of documents. However, American common-law notaries do not have any legal authority unless they happen to also be a licensed attorney. As a result, it would be considered unauthorized practice of law for a non-attorney notary to give legal advice.

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Can a Notary Use a Signature Stamp to Notarize Documents?

Most notaries are accustomed to using a stamp to affix their official statement of authority as a notary public. This leads notaries to wonder if they can also utilize a rubber stamp, which is easier to use, in affixing their signature to notarial certificates. If you are a notary who notarizes multiple documents a day, using a signature stamp can be a tempting way to avoid hand cramping and carpal tunnel. However, laws that regulate the acts of notaries are often very strict. This includes using a facsimile signature stamp in lieu of a handwritten or wet signature.

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How to Become an Illinois Notary:

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 an alien admitted for permanent residence
  • Be a resident of Illinois for at least 30 days
  • Be able to read and write the English language
  • Never had a notary public commission revoked
  • Never been convicted of a felon

If you meet these qualification requirements, follow the steps below to become an Illinois notary.

  1. Complete an Illinois notary application. We will guide you step-by-step through the application process. Click here to start the application.
  2. Purchase a four-year $5,000 Illinois notary bond (required by Illinois law). This bond protects the public from errors made by the notary and cost only $30.00 for a four-year term. 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. Click here to purchase the notary bond.
  3. Mail your Illinois notary application to the Secretary of State’s Office. We will email you the application along with the completed and signed notary bond section. Complete the application, take the oath office before another notary, and mail the application to the state along with a copy of your driver’s license and a $10.00 filing fee.
  4. Pickup your Illinois notary commission certificate from the county clerk's office. The Secretary of State will notify you by mail when your application is approved. The office will also provide you the address of the county clerk’s office to record and receive your Illinois notary commission certificate. This is the final step to become an Illinois notary.
  5. 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 is 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 record book.
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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.