ALABAMA NOTARY PUBLICS
NOTARY PUBLIC FOR A SPECIFIC COUNTY
Effective January 1, 2012, a person may no longer be appointed
as a Notary Public for a specific county.
HOW LONG DOES A COMMISSION FOR A NOTARY PUBLIC LAST?
A Notary Public shall hold office for a period of 4 years from
the date of their commission.
MUST A NOTARY PUBLIC BE BONDED?
Yes. Notaries Public shall give bond with sureties, to be
approved by the judge of probate of the county of their
residence, in the sum of $25,000.00, payable to the State of
Alabama and conditioned to faithfully discharge the duties of
such office so long as they may continue therein. Such bond
shall be executed, approved, filed and recorded in the office of
the judge of probate of the county of their residence, before
they enter on the duties of such office.
IS A NOTARY REQUIRED TO HAVE A SEAL?
Yes. For the authentication of their official acts, each Notary
Public shall provide a seal of office, which shall present, by
its impression or stamp, the name, office, and the state for
which they were appointed.
HOW MUCH MUST BE PAID TO THE PROBATE JUDGE TO BECOME A NOTARY
Fee in Limestone County is $26.00.
The judge of probate shall also report to the Secretary of State
the name, county of residence, date of issuance, and date of
expiration of the commission of each Notary Public appointed and
NOTARIES PUBLIC MAY DO ALL THE FOLLOWING:
1. Administer oaths in all matters incident to the exercise of
2. Take the acknowledgement or proof of instruments of writing
relating to commerce or navigation and certify the same and all
other of the office acts under their seal of office.
3. Demand acceptance and payment of bills of exchange,
promissory notes, and all other writing which are governed by
the commercial law as to days of grace, demand, and notice of
nonpayment and protest the same for nonacceptance or nonpayment
and to give notice thereof as required by law.
4. Exercise such other powers, according to commercial usage of
the laws of this state, as may belong to notaries’ public.
WHAT FEES MAY A NOTARY COLLECT FOR SERVICES?
Notaries Public are entitled to the sum of five dollars ($5.00)
for carrying out any of their enumerated powers.
DOES A NOTARY PUBLIC HAVE TO KEEP RECORDS OF EACH NOTARIAL
No. A Notary Public no longer must keep a record of all their
WHAT IS THE PENALTY FOR PERFORMING A NOTARIAL ACT WITHOUT A
COMMISSION OR AN EXPIRED
Any person who, having been a Notary, willfully performs or
assumes the authority to perform a notarial act after their
commission expires, or any person who without a notary’s
commission assumes the authority and performs a notarial act
shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor.
ALSO, REFER TO THESE WEBSITES FOR INFORMATION:
Alabama Secretary of State at
The American Society of Notaries
The National Notary Association
THIS INFORMATION, WHICH IS BASED ON ALABAMA LAW, IS TO INFORM
AND NOT TO ADVISE. NO PERSON SHOULD EVER APPLY OR INTERPRET ANY
LAW WITHOUT THE AID OF A LAWYER WHO ANALYZES THE FACTS, BECAUSE
THE FACTS MAY CHANGE THE APPLICATION OF THE LAW.