Guidelines For Becoming A Notary Public

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR INITIAL APPOINTMENT

1. AN APPLICANT MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE.
2. AN APPLICANT MUST RESIDE IN THIS STATE OR IF NONRESIDENT, BE
EMPLOYED IN THIS STATE.
3. AN APPLICANT MUST SATISFACTORILY COMPLETE A COURSE OF STUDY
THAT IS APPROVED BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE CONSISTING OF NOT
LESS THAN THREE HOURS NOR MORE THAN SIX HOURS OF CLASSROOM
INSTRUCTION PROVIDED BY A COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN NORTH
CAROLINA, UNLESS THE PERSON IS A LICENSED MEMBER OF THE BAR
OF THIS STATE
4. AN APPLICANT MUST PURCHASE AND KEEP AS A REFERENCE A MANUAL  
APPROVED BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE THAT DESCRIBES THE DUTIES,
AUTHORITY, AND ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF NOTARIES PUBLIC
(NOTARY PUBLIC GUIDEBOOK FOR NORTH CAROLINA).
5. AN APPLICANT MUST SUBMIT AN APPLICATION CONTAINING NO
SIGNIFICANT MISSTATEMENT OR OMISSION OF FACT.  THE APPLICATION
SHALL BE PROVIDED BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE AND BE AVAILABLE
AT THE REGISTER OF DEEDS OFFICE IN EACH COUNTY.  EVERY
APPLICATION SHALL BEAR THE SIGNATURE OF THE APPLICANT WRITTEN
WITH PEN AND INK, AND THE SIGNATURE SHALL BE ACKNOWLEDGED
BY THE APPLICANT BEFORE A PERSON AUTHORIZED TO ADMINISTER
OATHS.  THE APPLICANT SHALL ALSO OBTAIN THE RECOMMENDATION
OF ONE PUBLICLY ELECTED OFFICIAL IN NORTH CAROLINA WHOSE
RECOMMENDATION SHALL BE CONTAINED ON THE APPLICATION.
6. ARTICLE VI,  § 8 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF NORTH CAROLINA    
DISQUALIFIES THE FOLLOWING PERSONS FROM HOLDING OFFICE:   ANY
PERSON WHO HAS BEEN ADJUDGED GUILTY OF TREASON OR ANY
OTHER FELONY AGAINST THIS STATE OR THE UNITED STATES, OR ANY
PERSON WHO HAS BEEN ADJUDGED GUILTY OF A FELONY IN ANOTHER
STATE THAT WOULD ALSO BE A FELONY IF IT HAD BEEN COMMITTED IN
THIS STATE, OR ANY PERSON WHO HAS BEEN ADJUDGED GUILTY OF
CORRUPTION OR MALPRACTICE IN ANY OFFICE, OR ANY PERSON WHO
HAS BEEN REMOVED BY IMPEACHMENT FROM ANY OFFICE, AND WHO
HAS NOT BEEN RESTORED TO THE RIGHTS OF CITIZENSHIP IN THE
MANNER PRESCRIBED BY LAW.
7. AN APPLICANT MUST BE ABLE TO READ AND WRITE ENGLISH.

LICENSED ATTORNEYS:  LICENSED MEMBERS OF THE BAR OF THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA ARE EXEMPT  FROM THE REQUIREMENT OF TAKING THE NOTARY PUBLIC COURSE BUT ARE NOT EXEMPT FROM THE REQUIREMENT OF PURCHASING AND RETAINING A NOTARY PUBLIC GUIDEBOOK.

THE NOTARY PUBLIC GUIDEBOOK MAY BE PURCHASED FROM:

THE INSTITUTE OF GOVERNMENT
CB #3330 KNAPP BUILDING
UNC-CHAPEL HILL
CHAPEL HILL, NC  27599-3330
(919) 966-4119
COST: $12.72 (INCLUDES TAX, SHIPPING AND HANDLING)

NOTARY COURSE INFORMATION:  FOR INFORMATION CONCERNING THE NOTARY PUBLIC COURSE, CONTACT THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF YOUR CHOICE.

THE NOTARY DIVISION:  THE NOTARY PUBLIC DIVISION IS AVAILABLE FOR ASSISTANCE FROM 8:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M., MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, EXCEPT HOLIDAYS. (919) 733-3406

FEE:  MAKE CHECK OR MONEY ORDER PAYABLE TO SECRETARY OF STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA IN THE AMOUNT OF $50.00.  THIS FEE IS NONREFUNDABLE (N.C.G.S. §10A-7).  DO NOT SEND CASH.

MAIL APPLICATION AND FEE TO:
Notary Public Section
Department of the Secretary of State
PO Box 29622
Raleigh, NC 27626-0622

 
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