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  Requirements for Oregon Notaries
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be a resident of the State of Oregon
    • (You may also qualify if you are a resident of California, Idaho, Nevada, or Washington and carry on a trade or business or are regularly employed within the State of Oregon)
  • Be able to read and write the English language
  • Be of good moral character
  • Not have had a notary commission revoked for official misconduct during the previous 5 years
  • Complete a 3 hour Notary training course
    • (not required for current Notaries with an active commission at the time the new application is received.)
  • Not have been convicted of a felony, or of a lesser offense incompatible with the duties of a notary public, during the previous 10 years (see below)
  • Pass the Secretary of State's Notary Examination

Conviction of a Lesser Offense Incompatible with the Duties of a Notary Public - Defined
“Conviction of a lesser offense incompatible with the duties of a notary public” as cited in ORS 194.166(4) and OAR 160-100-0610(67) shall mean having been convicted in any court of the State of Oregon or any other state or federal jurisdiction of one of the crimes listed below or any comparable crime:

  • Any misconduct identified of the notary offenses listed in ORS 194.990
  • Compounding a felony
  • Criminal impersonation
  • Criminal possession of a forged instrument in the 2nd degree
  • Criminal simulation
  • False swearing
  • Falsifying business records
  • Forgery in the 2nd degree
  • Fraudulently obtaining a signature
  • Giving false information to police officer for a citation
  • Initiating a false report
  • Issuing a false financial statement
  • Misapplication of entrusted property
  • Misuse of confidential information
  • Obstructing governmental or judicial administration
  • Obtaining execution of documents by deception
  • Simulating legal process
  • Tampering with physical evidence
  • Tampering with public records
  • Unsworn falsification
  • Any other offense of a similar nature to the above listed crimes, which is incompatible with the duties of a notary public
  Find a Notary Public in Oregon
Greg Wilson
Portland, OR 97204

Paula A Woodburn
Gold Beach, OR 97444

   Online Oregon Notary Course
Become a Oregon Notary Public

As a notary public in the State of Oregon, you have UNLIMITED financial liability on EVERY document you notarize. If you are a notary for your employer, your employer could also be held liable for your mistakes. All too often people take the office of Notary Public lightly, which is a huge mistake. The Mandatory Oregon 3 Hour Online Notary Course is the fastest and easiest way for you to learn what to do and what not to do and how to protect yourself as a notary. Whether you are a new or current notary public in Oregon, you should spend some time learning the laws. The cost of this course is much less expensive than just 1 hour consulting an attorney.

The Oregon Online Notary Course includes:
  • 3+ Hours of Streaming Video (Requires Flash)
  • 3 Months of Unlimited Online Access
  • Instant Access to Certificate of Education (PDF)
  • Oregon Notary Training Manual (PDF)
  • Oregon Notary State Handbook (PDF)
  • Oregon Notary Application (PDF)
  • Asset Protection Information
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   Oregon Notary Supplies
Notay Public SuppliesIn addition to notary training, we also offer OR Notary Supplies. Whether you need a new journal or stamp, or a new notary package, we have what you are looking for.

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   How to Become an Oregon Notary Public
  1. First time notaries and expired notaries must take the Mandatory 3 Hour Oregon Notary Training Course
  2. Fill out the application (included with course).
  3. Complete the open-book, 20 question test attached to the application. 85% is passing.
  4. Take oath of office before a notary and have the notary sign and seal the application.
  5. Wait 2 weeks for processing.
  6. When your paperwork arrives:
    • Verify the information is correct.
    • Send Certificate of Authorization to seal manufacturer (Order seals now if you haven't already done so)
    • When you receive the seals, verify information is correct.
    • Stamp a 100% legible impression of your seal on the Certificate of Authorization and mail to:
      Secretary of State Corporation Division
      Notary Section
      255 Capitol Street NE, Suite 151
      Salem, OR 97310-1327
  7. Once you have your journal and your effective date has come, then you can act as a notary in Oregon!

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