A Notary Public in Illinois is an officer who is commissioned by the Secretary of State of Illinois and serves as an impartial witness. One performs various notarial acts.
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Must have been a resident of the state of Illinois and/or be employed in the state for at least 30 days from the date of application.
- Must be a United States Citizen or legally admitted resident alien.
- Must have the ability to read and write fluently in the English language.
- Must not have been convicted of any felony or have had a notary commission revoked.
How to Become a Notary Public
Step 1 – Complete Your Illinois Notary Application – You may download and complete the application online or you may print it and complete it by hand. Be certain to follow the instructions very carefully to avoid any delays.
Step 2 – Apply for Notary Public Bonding – In order to be commissioned as a Notary Public in the state of Illinois, you must carry a 4 year surety bond in the amount of $5,000. Proof of this bonding is required along with notary application. You may choose a bonding company online, in your local directory or contact your own insurance company to see if they offer this service.
Step 3 – Submission of Application – After you have acquired your bonding you may then submit your notarized application, along with proof of your notary bond and a $10 filing fee to:
Secretary of State, Department of Index
111 E. Monroe
Springfield, IL 62756
Step 4 – Recording of Commission – If your application is accepted, you will be contacted regarding the issuance of your commission. The completion of your commission will occur once you have recorded it with the county clerk. You may do this by mail or in person. The Clerk’s office will advise you of the procedure.
Step 5 – Order Your Seal and Supplies – After you have completed all of the required steps, received and recorded your commission, you will then need to order your official seal. This can be ordered through any on or offline company who sells notary public supplies. After you have received your official seal, you’re ready to do business and an Illinois State Notary Public.