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Florida Notary "Discount" Association Co.

When you want to become a Notary or renew as a Notary, you can count on our highly experienced team to help you through the process. At NotaryBonding, we are committed to offering qualified residents of the Sunshine State the resources and materials needed as a Notary public.

If you are becoming or renewing as a Notary we will guide you through the entire process. We are your one-stop resource for information, instructions, and Notarial supplies like official Notary stamps, seal embossers, official Notary public recording journals and other important essentials. Since 1940, we have prided ourself on a quick and simple program to obtain your required 4 year term $7,500 Notary public bond as a new or renewal Notary.

  • FREE online education course offered by the Florida Department of State.
  • Did you wait until the last minute to apply for your commission? You can save time with our priority application processing.

Important State of Florida Notary links: 

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.
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 Florida Replacement/Duplicate Certificate
If you are in need of a Florida replacement/duplicate certificate the fee will be $20.00.
Lost or Stolen Notary Stamp
Scan and email signed statement to NotariesCorpHelp@dos.myflorida.com. Mail signed statement to: Division of Corporations, Notary Section, P.O. Box 6327, Tallahassee FL 32314
Steps: 
Complete the Florida new or renewal notary bond package order form.
Complete the Florida new or renewal notary public commission application.

Application Note - Governor Approvals: 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 $40.00 since it must be sent and processed separately to the Governor’s Office for approval. Governor approvals will take additional time to process.


Public Record Exemptions Forms: Starting March 1, 2022, the Florida Department of State’s Notary Section will no longer be processing public records exemptions. All Public Records Exemptions Forms need to be submitted to the Florida Department of State’s Office of the General Counsel for processing. 

If you qualify/meet the requirements for the Public Record Exemptions Forms please mail to:

Florida Department of State
General Counsel's Office
R.A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250

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 order form.
  • Completed entire "original signature" notary 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.

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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