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A Basic Guide to Renewing As a Notary Public

Whether you’re just starting as a notary or you have been in the business for years, there are several steps you need to take to renew your notary commission. These include your oath of office, opposition to a re-appointment, venue for a re-appointment, and subordination clauses.

Oath of office

Taking the Oath of Office when renewing as a notary public is integral to becoming a notary public. The oath is a legal document that binds you to tell the truth. It is also a pledge of personal honor. The commitment must be taken before the notary public.

A notary or another official may administer the oath. The oath-taker should be aware that they must have proper identification. If the oath-taker cannot take the oath, they should ask another individual to take the pledge. When applying for a notary commission, applicants must be at least 18 years of age. They must be United States citizens and have permanent residency. They must also present a $10,000 surety bond. If they fail to meet these requirements within sixty days, their commission will be canceled. Those who want to renew as a notary must apply at least six months before the expiration date. The fee for this is $60. They must also submit an oath of office, and their commitment and bond must be recorded with the County Clerk.


When notarizing a document, you need to ensure that the venue is correct. If it is not, the notarial act will be invalid. However, there are several things that you can do to prevent this problem. Here are some of them. Usually, a notary public’s venue is at the top of the notary’s certificate. The platform is also called a “caption.” It is a geographical location where a notary takes an affidavit or takes acknowledgment of an instrument. It is the notary’s responsibility to complete this section of the notary’s certificate. Depending on your state’s notary laws, you may need to include information about the venue. You can add this information by hand or use a rubber stamp. Regardless of the method, it would be best to ensure that the seal is photo reproducible. A venue is essential because it denotes the region where the notarial act occurred. It is a good idea to check the law in your state before you sign any document.

Opposing a re-appointment

Whether a notary public is eligible to be appointed or re-appointed by the secretary of the state depends on the rules of the Public Officers Law (SS15). In the case of a notary public appointed by the secretary of state, the commission is valid for four years from the date of appointment. The secretary of state is independent of the notary’s employer. A notary public employed by a governmental body has to refuse to take acknowledgments when the act interferes with the public employee’s duties. In the event of a dispute over the appointment of a notary public, the notary public can be removed from office by the secretary of state. The notary must be served with charges, and a hearing must be held before the secretary of state can remove the notary public from office. A notary public is a public officer, and the Public Officers Law criminalizes a public officer’s duties without taking an oath of office. As a notary public, the notary must perform their duties respectfully and without compensation.