Notary Division

Proposed Notary regulations

Effective January 1, 2021 the Notary division is going paperless ALL applications, communications, etc. will be electronic. Every notary is responsible to ensure that SOS has a current e-mail, street address, and business phone number on file at all times.
The Secretary of State has created an online learning tool, called Notary Public Course of Study and Examination, for notaries and those that want to become notaries. You can take this webinar, free of charge. Effective October 1, 2021, you will be required to take a class and test to become a notary or renew your commission. More information about that will be released in the future. In the meantime, we encourage you to use the online learning tool and gain a better understanding of your responsibilities as a notary public: This will be updated to incorporate the changes to the notary law effective 10/1/2020, on or before 10/1/2020.

Effective March 1, 2019, the Notary Division will no longer mail renewal reminders to Notaries. Renewal reminders will be sent by email only, to the email address associated with your registration. If you have changed email addresses or would like to change your email address, please be sure to go to the following link to update your profile:​.

  • Effective Immediately:* The regulation regarding the mileage fee that a Notary Public may charge when traveling to perform a notarization has been changed. Now, a Notary Public may demand and receive reimbursement at the prevailing rate for mileage established by the Internal Revenue Service for business travel and a fee not to exceed $5 for travel if required for the performance of a notarial act.  The IRS mileage rate for 2021 is 56 cents per mile.

Notary Public Online Application and Renewal Service Now Available

Find the legislative district number & the name of your Senator ! Use the look-up link provided by the Maryland General Assembly


Statutory Authority: State Government Article, §18-101 et seq. of the Annotated Code of Maryland.

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