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These are not the laws or rules governing Notary Publics in Mississippi, just a list of common questions asked regarding Notary Publics. Click here for Notary Public Rules and Regulations.


Our Most Frequently Asked Questions:
 

  1. How do I become a Notary Public in Mississippi?
  2. I have filed my application, paid my money and sworn my oath, may I notarize now?
  3. How do I renew a commission?
  4. I have moved. What now?
  5. I have married and my name has changed. What must I do?
  6. Can I notarize in a county different than that in which I live?
  7. I live in Mississippi, but work in Tennessee, may I notarize at work?
  8. I am GBTT (Gone Back To Texas). Do I keep my Notary?
  9. I need my signature notarized. May I notarize my own signature?
  10. A relative of mine needs their signature notarized, may I?
  11. How long will it take to get my commission?
  12. When does my commission expire?

 




Answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How do I become a Notary Public in Mississippi?

Answer:
You must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Mississippi resident for more than 30 days.
  • File an application with the Secretary of State.
  • Pay a $25 application fee.
  • File a $5,000 Surety Bond and the Oath of Office with the Secretary of State.
  • Obtain an official seal or stamp to affix to documents.
  • Comply with the statutes governing Mississippi Notary Acts, including but not limited to, maintaining a registry of all documents signed.

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2. I have filed my application, paid my money and sworn my oath, may I notarize now?

Answer:
No. The Secretary of State must assign you a date for the beginning of your commission. The Governor must approve your application. You must file your oath and Surety Bond. The Secretary of State must issue a Commission certificate. And finally, you must obtain your official seal or stamp showing your county of residence.

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3. How do I renew a commission?

Answer:
Within 60 days prior to the expiration of the current commission file a new application and oath, and submit a new bond when approved.

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4. I have moved. What now?

Answer:
If you move to a different county, you must file a change of address with the Secretary of State, Notary Public Division. You must then obtain a new seal or stamp showing your new county of residence.

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5. I have married and my name has changed. What must I do?

Answer:
File a name change with the Secretary of State proof of the new name (marriage license, Social Security card change, or voter registration). You will also need to obtain a new seal or stamp and a new bond.

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6. Can I notarize in a county different than that in which I live?

Answer:
Mississippi Notaries have statewide jurisdiction. A Notary may notarize in any county within Mississippi. Your seal or stamp, however, must show the county of your residence in Mississippi.

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7. I live in Mississippi, but work in Tennessee, may I notarize at work?

Answer:
No. Your authority to notarize is valid only within the state of Mississippi. Notarizing outside Mississippi by a Mississippi Notary is void and illegal.

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8. I am GBTT (Gone Back To Texas). Do I keep my Notary?

Answer:
NO. Moving out of state terminates the Notary. If you do not intend to return, you should resign your commission and destroy your seal or stamp.

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9. I need my signature notarized. May I notarize my own signature?

Answer:
NO. See Rule 202(1).

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10. A relative of mine needs their signature notarized, may I?

Answer:
Generally the answer is no. See Rule 202(2)

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11. How long will it take to get my commission?

Answer:
The process should take less than one week provided that you submit a complete application along with your bond and Oath.

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12. When does my commission expire?

Answer:
Four years from the date the commission was issued.

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