Pennsylvania: Become A Notary: Pennsylvania Notaries are commissioned by the Secretary of the Commonwealth for a 4-year term. A filing fee is required.

Pennsylvania Requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You must be a resident of or be employed within the Commonwealth
  • You must be of good character, integrity and ability

Additional Requirements prior to becoming commissioned:

  • You mush have submitted an application on a form prescribed and furnished by the Secretary of the Commonwealth accompanied by the appropriate nonrefundable filing fee (see next section for more detailed information).
  • You must have submitted an application endorsed by the State Senator for the district in which you reside, or in the case of a non-resident working in the state, the endorsement of the Senator for he district in which you are employed.
  • You must have verified that you areo f good moral character and familiar with the duties and responsibilities of a notary public as determined by the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
  • You cannot have made a material misstatement or omission of fact in the application.
  • You must have provided proof of completion of a 3-hour preapproved notary public course within 6 months preceding application. (Only if required. See “Mandatory Education Requirement” online)
  • You cannot have been convicted of or pled guilty or nolo contendere to a felony or lesser offense incompatible with the duties of a notary public during the five year period preceding the date of application.
  • You cannot have had a prior notary public commission revoked by the Commonwealth or any other state during the five year period preceding the date of application.

Requirements to become a Notary Public in Pennsylvania are subject to change. Visit the Pennsylvania Notary Public page for details and updates on becoming a notary in Pennsylvania. Additional requirements may apply.