To become an Illinois notary, a notary applicant must:
- Be 18 years of age or older.
- Live or work (at least thirty days or more) in the state of Illinois.
- Be a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States.
- Not have had a notary commission revoked or suspended in the last ten years.
- Be able to read, write, and understand the English language.
- Have no felony convictions.
If you meet the above qualifications to apply for an Illinois notary commission, the next steps are to:
- Purchase a four-year, $5,000 Illinois notary bond.
- Complete an Illinois notary application.
- Mail the completed and notarized Illinois notary application, the four-year, $5,000 Illinois notary bond, a copy of your driver's license, and the required appointment fee to the Secretary of State.
Once your Illinois notary application is approved, the Illinois Secretary of State will mail your Illinois notary commission certificate to the county clerk's office where you reside. You will be notified by the county clerk’s office to appear in person to record and pickup your notary commission and pay a $5.00 fee. You also have the option to record and pay the fee by mail. You have sixty days from the date that you receive the notice to appear before the county clerk. If you do not appear, your Illinois notary commission will be voided and you will need to start a new application to become an Illinois notary.
Since 1994, the American Association of Notaries has 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.
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