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Notary Public

General Information

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.

To Apply for a Four Year Notary Public Commission, you must complete the Notary Tutorial Exam and obtain the Completion Certificate and then Pay and Apply Online or include $20 payment with a paper Four Year Notary Public Application.

To Renew your Four Year Notary Public Commission, you should receive a postcard from WI Department of Financial Institutions that will have renewal code that you can use to Pay and Apply Online. The basic requirements are the same as they are for new applicants. You will need to complete the Notary Tutorial Exam and obtain the Completion Certificate and then Pay and Apply Online or include a $20 payment with a paper Four Year Notary Public Application.

To Apply for a Wisconsin Attorney's Permanent Notary Public Commission, obtain an original Certificate of Good Standing from the Wisconsin Supreme Court and then you may Pay and Apply Online or include a $50 payment with the paper Attorney Permanent Notary Public Application.

To Change your Address, Name or Notary Seal, please complete the form Adobe PDF Document Notary Public Address/Name/Seal Change.

For More Detailed Information, please read the Adobe PDF Document Notary Public Information Publication.

Email:    DFINotary@wisconsin.gov      Phone: (608) 266-8915