The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions’ new online notary filing system is now live! Use the new system to apply for or renew commissions, submit completed paperwork, and pay online.
Please note, before using the new online notary filing system, you will be redirected to create a My Wisconsin ID. Follow these instructions to do so: My Wisconsin ID Registration Instructions
Access the new system here: Online Notary Portal
For questions, please email DFINotary@dfi.wisconsin.gov or call (608) 266-8915. Thanks!
A notary public is an individual issued an appointment by the Secretary of the Department of Financial Institutions to serve the public as an impartial witness, performing notarial acts as are allowed or required by law.
Any United States resident 18 years of age or older who has at least the equivalent of an eighth grade education, has passed the notary exam with 90% or better within one year of applying, and has demonstrated adherence to laws according to the Wisconsin Statutes with regard to arrests and convictions, is eligible to apply for a Wisconsin Notary Public Commission.
What you will need to become a Wisconsin Notary:
(Please note Permanent is only available to Wisconsin Licensed Attorneys in good standing)
4yr / Permanent Notary
- Application form. After printing complete with stamp and signatures. 4yr / Permanent
- Oath of Office form. After printing complete in front of a current notarial officer with stamp and signatures. 4yr only
- Bond form. After printing complete signature #1 and send to bonding company to complete #7-#13. 4yr only
- Have passed the notary exam (must print certificate) with 90% or better within one year of applying. 4yr only
- You will need to purchase a $500 bond. 4yr only
- You will need to purchase an engraved official seal or official rubber stamp that contains “State of Wisconsin,” “Notary Public” and your printed name that must include your full current last name. No title such as “Dr.”, “CPA”, “Esq.” or “Atty.” should appear before or after your name. 4yr / Permanent
- Purchase a Certificate of Good Standing from the Wisconsin Supreme Court (this will cost $3 from the Clerk of the Supreme Court) that must be dated within 2 months of submission of your notary application. Permanent only
- Must mail all completed forms with a check or money order (made out to WDFI). We will notify you by email when your commission is complete or if any corrections are needed before we can grant your commission. 4yr / Permanent
Remote Online Notarization
- Guidance for Notaries Seeking to Perform Remote Online Notarial Acts (updated December 2020)
- Guidance for Individuals Seeking Remote Online Notarial Services
- Guidance on Identity Proofing
- Guidance on the Performance of Notarial Acts on the Basis of Personal Knowledge
- List of Wisconsin Notaries Authorized to Perform Remote Online Notarial Acts
- List of Approved RON Technology Providers
- RON Technology Providers Portal
- RON Communication Technology Provider Application
- RON Annual Confirmation & Recertification Form (for Approved Technology Providers)
- January 2021 Update on RON Implementation in Wisconsin
For More Detailed Information, please read the Notary Public Information Publication.
Email: DFINotary@dfi.wisconsin.gov Phone: (608) 266-8915