Florida Frequently Asked Questions
How do I renew my Florida Notary certificate?
The State of Florida does not have an automatic renewal process for notaries. To renew your Florida notary commission, you must reapply through a notary bonding agency, which includes purchasing another 4-year $7,500 surety bond. However, if your last commission did not expire more than 10 years ago, you do not need to retake the 3-hour educational course.
How soon should I start the renewal process?
It is recommended you begin the renewal process at least 6 months before your current notary commission expires.
Do I need to take any education to become a Florida notary?
New notaries and notaries who have not renewed their commission in the past 10 years are required to take at least 3 hours of state-approved education. Notaries renewing their commission whose last commission expired less than 10 years ago do not need to take this course.
How long will my Florida Notary Commission last?
Your Florida notary commission will be valid for 4 years.
Do I need the $7,500 surety bond?
Yes, the state requires all Florida notaries to hold a $7,500, 4-year surety bond. This bond does not protect the notary but protects the public from any mistakes the notary might make.
Do I submit my application to the state?
No, you submit your application with the original documentation to:
Notary of America
225 E Robinson St., Ste. #570
Orlando, FL 32801
Notary of America will submit your application to the state, including the $39 state filing fee.
Can I fax you my application?
No. Because Notary of America will submit your application to the state, you must send your original and signed application to us.
How long will it take to receive my notary commission?
The entire process can take up to three weeks, but it varies depending on how quickly you complete and submit your application and on how long it states the state to appoint you as a Florida notary.
Where is my notary stamp?
You will receive your notary stamp once the state appoints you as a Florida notary and assigns to you a state commission number and an expiration date. Once Notary of America receives those, it will create your stamp and then send it and your state issued certificate via first class USPS mail.