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December 29, 2012

Idaho Notary General Information

To become an Idaho notary, you must be 18 years of age, read and write English, and must not have been removed from office or convicted of a crime within 10 years. Of course, you must also be an employee in the state or a resident of the state of Idaho.

The filing fee to become a notary in Idaho is $30, but ifyou are an employee of the city, district, state, or county who uses the notary commission in the course of your employment, you are exempt from paying the filing fee. The application form can be found in the Notary Public Handbook and is sent to the Idaho Secretary of State.

Apparently, you are not required to take an exam to become an Idaho notary public. Most notaries who are serious about the profession, however, do take a course and a practice exam. The surety bond required in Idaho is $10,000. How much it will cost you will vary depending upon your credit.

Your Idaho notary commission will be good for 6 years. Technically, according to the Secretary ofState’s Office, your commission is not renewable; at the end of the 6 years, you must apply all over again and obtain a new bond. You may keep your rubber stamp, and you may apply 90 days in advance of the expiration of your commission, so it seems itis virtually the same as renewal, but is not guaranteed. Another unusual issue is that an Idaho notary may use any color of ink with the seal; one company that sells seals offers 5 colors of ink.

The fee a notary in Idaho may charge is $2 per notarial act. An Idaho notary may charge for travel, however, and the fee is at the discretion of the notary—and what the signer is willing to pay. Get your Idaho Notary Handbook today for more information.

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