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General Information

Important Notice: Effective June 3, 2018, the revised notary law, West Virginia Code §39-4-20 (House Bill 4207), enacts changes to the notary registration by:

  • authorizing an online electronic application process (Coming Soon!) to apply to receive a commission to act as a notary public;
  • removing the oath of office and requiring an applicant to swear or affirm under penalty of perjury that answers to questions in the application are true and if appointed, the applicant will perform faithfully all notarial acts in accordance with the law; and
  • eliminating the $1000 bond requirement.

See West Virginia Code §39-4 "Revised Uniform Law On Notarial Acts." for the entire text of the law.

Over 45,000 eligible residents or employees in West Virginia currently hold notary public commissions. The Secretary of State administers the application process and issues notary public commissions for a term of five (5) years.

The authority of a notary public is generally limited to acknowledging the signature of a person to a document or to an oath signed within the state. The role of the notary is to assure that the signature on a document is the true signature of the person he or she claims to be. A notary can be held financially responsible if fraud occurs because of the notary's improper notarization.

If you are a notary or a person trying to obtain a proper notarization on a document, we urge you to review the practice handbook and the FAQs to help avoid future problems with your documents.

Please visit these links for complete notary information: