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How to become a notary in New Jersey


Congratulations on your decision to become a notary in the State of New Jersey! Read on to find out how to apply and get your commission.


1) Fill out a notary public application from the New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise System (DORES). Then you can submit a new application or renew your commission. During the application process, you will identify the county that you live/work in so that you can chose your State Legislator because the application must be endorsed by them. Note: If you are not a New Jersey resident you must upload a business affidavit to show that you are employed in New Jersey. Also, you will have to answer questions about your background.


2) Next, pay the $30 filing fee online (via credit card or electronic check).


3) Then sit back and wait for your background check results. (could take two weeks or more). You will receive some emails regarding the status of your application.


4) Finally, once you have received your certification in the mail you can then go to your County Clerk’s office to take your oath. There is a $15 fee. You have 90 days to take your oath. If you do not, then you will need to file an application.


5) Welcome to the club!


Important Info:

· You must currently be residing in New Jersey.

· Or living in an adjacent state and work in New Jersey or maintain an office in New Jersey.

· You must be18 years or older.

· If you have a criminal record you may not be appointed. In most cases, you will need to provide proof of judgements of convictions and certificates showing the completion of a rehabilitative program(s).

· Your notary appointment is for a five-year term.



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