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Notary, Apostille & Authentications

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Notary Commission Renewal Period
The notary commission renewal period begins August 1, and ends January 31, 2017. Notaries renewing have the option of filing either online or by mail. Find further instructions on how to file online and to obtain forms.

Notary Public
The notary acts as an official, unbiased witness to the identity of the person who signs a document (Minnesota Statutes 359) to prevent fraud and forgery.  A Minnesota notary public has six major duties:

1. Take acknowledgments,
2. Administer oaths and affirmations,
3. Take and certify all depositions;
4. Witness or attest a signature,
5. Take and certify all acknowledgments and instruments in writing,
6. Record notarial protests.

As a notary public, you hold an important position in the state of Minnesota.  It is essential that you understand the notary duties and responsibilities outlined in Minnesota law.  To look up notary information or to find out information about notary education, training and how to file notary registrations, please visit our Minnesota Notary Public Website.

E-Notarization:  To request for authorization to perform electronic notarizations you will need to complete the E-Notarization Authorization application.

FAQ's on Notaries Public (Select Frequent Questions from the menu).

Notary Guide (Contains general information covering the duties, requirements and responsibilities of beng a Minnesota Notary Public).


Apostille & Authentications

Click here for information on Authentications which include Apostilles and Certificates of Office


Last updated: 2/2/2016 7:18:17 AM