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 Florida Notary "Discount" Association Co.

Since 1940, we have formed a "FAST AND EASY" program to renew or become a notary in Florida. We are your primary Florida notarial provider to securely purchase your low cost required notary bond, stamps, seals and supplies. BUY IT NOW!

  • FREE online education course offered by the Department of State.
  • Priority application processing is available.
  • Your 100% total satisfaction is guaranteed.
  • Toll Free telephone assistance during full term of your commission.

Important State of Florida Notary Links:
New Notaries take the required FREE Online Notary Education Course
Notary Change of Name Form
Notary Change of Address Form
Governor's Reference Manual For Notaries Public

Remote Online Notarization (RON)What is Remote Online Notarization (RON)?

Remote online notarization, or “RON” as it’s frequently called, is a 100% online video notary system that allows documents to be signed and notarized over the Internet instead of being physically present in the same room. Authorized remote online notaries in Florida can now notarize electronic documents for clients located anywhere in the United States. 

How to Become a Remote Online Notary (RON) in Florida:
Click here for (RON) instructions, application and packages.

IMPORTANT - Help avoid costly delays: Send your notary application directly to us for error proofing review. Email to: checkmyapp@notarybonding.com

Legacy State Id: 
22
Order Form: 
Eligibility: 
Be 18 years of age or older.
Be a legal resident of the State of Florida.
Be able to read, write, and understand the English language.
If you are a first time notary applicant, you must take a state-approved notary public education course and provide a certificate of completion with your application paperwork. We provide a FREE online notary education course offered by Florida Department of State.
Be a permanent resident of the State of Florida. No specific period of residency is required. A permanent resident alien may be appointed, provided the applicant files a recorded Declaration of Domicile with the application. Both citizens and aliens must maintain residence throughout the term of appointment.
Have had civil rights restored, if convicted of a felony. Must report any criminal charges, whether or not you were convicted, on the notary public application.
Provisions: 
Notary Term
4 years.
Notary Bond
Required. A bond in the amount of $7,500 is required for new and renewing notaries public.
Errors & Omissions Insurance
Optional. Florida Notary "Discount" Association Co. strongly recommends that Florida notaries insure themselves against claims of negligence.
Notary Stamp/Notary Seal
Required. A rubber inked stamp. Required elements - name of the notary, commission expiration date, the notary’s commission number, and the words “Notary Public” and “State of Florida.” No emblem or symbol is required, but nor are they prohibited. However, the use of the Great Seal of the State of Florida on the notary seal is strictly prohibited. Embosser – may be used with rubber stamp seal but may not be a substitute for the rubber-inked stamp. The notary seal must be kept under lock and key to avoid its loss or misuse by another individual. Neither a rubber stamp nor an impression-type seal is required for an electronic notarization.
Notary Public Recording Journal
None Required. It is strongly recommended by the Governor’s Task Force on Notaries Public and Florida Notary "Discount" Association Co. that Florida notaries public record every notarial act in a notary journal.
State Filing Fee
A $39.00 filing fee is required for new and renewal notary applications. No commission fee is required from a veteran who has served in wartime service and who has a disability rating of 50%.
Education/Testing
New notaries: Yes, new notaries are required to take a online notary education course to obtain your notary education certificate of completion. We provide this course to you for FREE offered by the Florida Department of State. Renewal notaries: No, renewal notaries if your commission has not expired for longer than 1 year then you are exempt from the notary education course.
Jurisdiction
Statewide.
Non-Residents
Not Permitted.
Notary Commission Renewal
A notary may apply 60 days before the expiration of his current commission by completing a renewal application form.
Florida Name Change Form
https://www.notarybonding.com/sites/default/files/fl_name_change_form_4.pdf
Florida Address Change Form
https://www.notarybonding.com/sites/default/files/fl_address_change_form_3.pdf
State of Florida Notary Website
http://notaries.dos.state.fl.us/
State of Florida Phone Number
1-850-245-6975
State of Florida Mailing Address
Department of State, Division of Corporations, Notary Commissions, P.O. Box 6327, Tallahassee, FL 32314-6327
Requesting a Copy of Florida Notary Public Bond
We can provide a copy of your Florida notary public bond at no charge via email. If you want your Florida notary public bond mailed the fee will be $5.00.
Requesting a Florida Replacement/Duplicate Certificate
If you are in need of a Florida replacement/duplicate certificate the fee will be $10.00.
Steps: 
Complete the Florida new or renewal notary bond package order form.
Complete the Florida new or renewal notary public commission application.

Note: Beginning July 1, 2020 - The State of Florida will REJECT any application that does not have the new "Public Record Exemption Request & Addendum for Exemption of Public Disclosure" forms attached to your application.

ONLY if you marked "YES" on the Oath of Office page in the MEMORANDUM section. You must complete exemption request pages 1 and 2.

If you did NOT mark "YES" in the MEMORANDUM section you do not need these forms. 

Note: Any notary public commission application that has to go to the Governor’s Office for approval (those that checked "YES" to question 5 (revoked commission) and/or "YES" to questions 6,7 and 8 on the notary public application) must submit an additional $25.00 since it must be sent and processed separately to the Governor’s Office for approval. Governor approvals will take additional time to process. Thank you.

Do you have to take the required online notary education course? We provide a FREE online notary education course offered by Florida Department of State.

Renewal Notaries: No, renewal notaries if your commission has not expired for longer than 1 year then you are EXEMPT from the online notary education course.

New Notaries: Yes, new notaries are required to take a online notary education course to obtain your notary education certificate of completion.

You must only mail the below forms directly to us due to the fact the Florida Department of State requires an "original signature" notary public application.
  • Completed new or renewal notary bond package order form.
  • Completed entire "original signature" new or renewal notary public commission application.
  • New notaries only: A copy of your signed notary education certificate of completion.

Mail To:
Florida Notary "Discount" Association Co.
P.O. Box 7177
Tallahassee FL, 32314

We will electronically file your notary public application directly to the State for processing.

Once your completed forms are received we will then electronically file your notary public application directly to the Florida Department of State for processing. 

When the Florida Department of State receives the notary public application they will review it, approve it and mail us your "original" approved official notary public certificate of office.

Once we receive your "original" approved official notary public certificate of office we will then order your official seal stamp and mail you the following:
  • Original official notary public certificate of office.
  • Notary errors & omissions policy.
  • Official seal stamp will be mailed separately. Please allow approximately 3 to 6 business days to receive your official seal stamp due to the fact that it must be personalized and manufactured.
You are now authorized to begin your notarial duties.

Once you receive your official seal stamp in mail you are now authorized to begin your notarial duties.

State Bond Terms: 
4 Year Term / $7,500 Bond
State Stamp / Seal Requirements: 
Ink Stamp Required. (Round or Rectangular) Embossing Seal may ONLY be used in conjunction with ink stamp.
Public Records URL: 
http://www.stateofflorida.com/Portal/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=13
State Mailing Address: 

P.O. Box 7177
Tallahassee, FL 32314

State Store Name: 
Florida Notary "Discount" Association Co.
Allow Faxed Applications: 
Not Allowed

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