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.


Informational Illinois Notary Articles

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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New Online Notary Application Process in Illinois

The Illinois Secretary of State has launched a new notary application website, revolutionizing the way Illinois residents can apply to become notaries or renew their notary commissions. The online system has significantly streamlined the notary application process, reducing approval times from weeks to few business days.

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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.

 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.
  • Have been a resident of Illinois for at least 30 days or a resident of a state bordering Illinois and have been employed or 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 the above eligibility requirements, here’s what you need to do to become a notary in Illinois:

  1. Purchase a four-year $5,000 Illinois notary bond (required by Illinois law). Illinois State requires all traditional notary applicants 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. 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 a four-year, $5,000 notary bond.

  2. Take an approved notary course and pass the final exam. All new notary applicants and notaries renewing their notary commissions are required to successfully complete a notary course and score an 85% or better on the final exam. The American Association of Notaries (an approved course provider) offers an Illinois notary course for as little as $29. We offer the notary course as part of a renewal application package, or you can register for the course separately.

  3. Complete an Illinois notary application on the Illinois Secretary of State’s website. You can now submit an application for notary public on the Illinois Secretary of State’s website for faster approval. When completing the application online, you will be asked to upload your notary bond and your notary course certificate of completion. There is an application filing fee due: $15 for a traditional notary commission and $40 if you would like to add an electronic notary commission. Once your application is approved, the secretary of state will email you a link to download your Illinois notary commission certificate.

  4. Purchase a notary stamp and a notary journal. Illinois notary law requires notaries to use an inked notary stamp to authenticate all notarial acts performed. Our notary stamps and notary journals conform to Illinois notary law and come with a lifetime replacement warranty. No questions asked! Click here to order your Illinois notary supplies.

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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
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.