Governor commissions notaries.
Secretary of State administers applications, qualifications, examination process and maintains notarial records.
Notary Commission Qualifications
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a resident citizen or alien lawfully residing in the state;
• Have received a high school diploma, has received a diploma for completion of a home study program approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, or has been issued a high school equivalency diploma after successfully completing the test of General Educational Development;
• be able to read and write the English language;
• not be under interdiction or incapable of serving as a notary because of mental infirmity;
• not have been convicted of a felony, or if convicted of a felony, has been pardoned; and
• meet the requirements established by law for each commission sought.
How to Apply
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Louisiana Secretary of State: http://www.sos.la.gov/NotaryAndCertifications/BecomeALouisianaNotary/Pages/default.aspx
Term of Office
→*Provided the notary is in good standing and not removed from office.
Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
→Attorneys licensed to practice law in the state of Louisiana are exempt from the required notary examination.
Notary Bond Requirement
$10,000 Notary Bond Required
→Surety or personal surety bond that has been approved by the parish Clerk of Court in the amount of $10,000, or Errors and Omissions coverage at a minimum amount of $10,000. Attorneys licensed to practice law in the state of Louisiana do not have to file a notary bond.
Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Notary Seal Requirement
→The State of Louisiana considers the notary signature as the notarial seal. ASN recommends the use of an ink stamp or embossing seal.
• Administer oaths/affirmations, take acknowledgments, and certify copies.
• Also to make inventories, appraisements and partitions;
• receive wills, make protests, matrimonial contracts, conveyances, and generally, all contracts and instruments of writing;
• hold family meetings and meetings of creditors;
• make affidavits of corrections;
• affix the seals upon the effects of deceased persons and to raise the same.
Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Louisiana Secretary of State: http://www.sos.la.gov/NotaryAndCertifications/FileNotaryDocuments/WhatDoIFile/Pages/default.aspx
Contact Information for the State of Louisiana
State Notary Website
State of Louisiana Online Notary FAQ’s
State of Louisiana Online Notary Search
Louisiana Secretary of State
P.O. Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125
Apostille Certification Information