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Notary Commission

Function: noun

A notary commission is a term of office for a notary public. Notary divisions from each of the 50 states are the entities that appoint notaries public. Individuals are generally appointed as notaries in the state that they reside in, however, many notaries have dual commissions where one of the commissions is from a neighboring state that they work in, or are willing to travel to, in order to perform notary acts.

Notary commissions are generally four years in most states, however, there are some states that have longer terms. Notary commissions can be suspended, revoked, or terminated if there is any misconduct on the part of the notary.
To get a notary commission, each state has a different procedure. There is generally an application, and some states require an examination and fingerprints. Please contact your state's notary division to get details on how you can become a notary public in your state.

Additionally, many states require th notary to take an oath of office and file a bond with their county's county recorder.

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