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  Requirements for Oregon Notaries

List of Qualifications

To be a notary public in Oregon, you must meet certain qualifications at the time of application:
  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Resident of Oregon or have a place of employment or practice in this state.
  • Able to read and write English.
  • Never had a notary public commission revoked during the 10-year period preceding the application date.
  • Completed a notary training course within the last 6 months.
    • Note: Not required of current Oregon notaries with an active commission at the time the new application is received in our office.
  • Never convicted of a felony or crime involving fraud, dishonesty or deceit during the 10-year period preceding the application date.
  • Passed the Secretary of State‚Äôs Notary Public examination.

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   Online Oregon Notary Course
Become a Oregon Notary Public

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  • 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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   How to Become an Oregon Notary Public
Become a Notary or Reapply for a New Commission
  1. Complete a training course. (If you are a reapplying notary with a current commission, the steps are the same but you do not need the educational training.)
    • To meet the training requirement you can take an in-person seminar or complete an online training course.
  2. Meet the qualifications to be a Notary Public for the State of Oregon
    • To become a notary public in Oregon you must meet certain qualifications.
      • See top-left of this page for qualifications.
      • A background check and revocation search is conducted on all applicants.
  3. Submit your application.
    • The quickest way to submit your application is online. There is also a paper application and test that can be completed, printed, and mailed in.
    • Enter the required information and submit your application.
  4. Pass the required online exam.
    • The exam is a yes/no, true/false and multiple-choice question test. It is based on the information received through the training course and from the Oregon Notary Public Guide.
    • Please be sure to read the material in the guide carefully before you proceed with the exam. You may want to have a copy of the guide available while taking the exam.
  5. Oath of Office.
    • Once the background check and revocation search is complete, you will receive an email which will contain a PDF attachment of the Oath of Office. Print out the Oath of Office. (If you do not pass the background check or revocation search, you will receive a different email notification.)
    • The Oath of Office must be signed in front of a notary and submitted to our office with the $40.00 processing fee. The Oath needs to be returned within 30 days of being issued or you will need to re-apply and submit the application fee again.
  6. What comes next.
    • After the Oath has been processed you will receive an email from us which includes PDF copies of your Commission Certificate and the Certificate of Authorization.
    • If you choose, you can print out your Commission Certificate and frame it.
    • Print the Certificate of Authorization and take it to a vendor who makes rubber stamps. If you use an online vendor, it is permissible to email the PDF certificate. This certificate will contain the details of your commission, including your commission name, number and expiration date. The same certificate is used for electronic notarization technology.
    • Once you have your stamp and have purchased your notary journal you are ready to notarize. Congratulations! (Please remember; if you have a current commission when you apply, you should wait until the effective date of your new commission to begin using the new stamp.)

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