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Notary Public Commission Renewal Period Begins August 1
Posted Date: 8/1/2012

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Secretary of State Mark Ritchie Announces Notary Public Commission Renewal Period Begins August 1
-Office encourages notaries with commissions expiring in 2013 to renew online

St. Paul, Minn.—August 1, 2012—Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie today reminded notaries whose commissions will expire in 2013 to renew their commissions online at:  The notary commission renewal period begins August 1 and ends January 31, 2013.

"A notary's commission must remain current," said Secretary Ritchie. "I encourage notaries whose commissions are about to expire to renew them online.”

A notary public is appointed by the governor and approved by the state senate after filing with the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State.  Notaries hold office for a five-year term.  Their commission expires on January 31 in the fifth year after the commission was issued.  Once a notary public is commissioned or renews their commission, they must also register their commission in the county where they reside.  

The cost of a commission or for renewing a commission is $120 payable to the state plus a $20 fee to register with the county.  Notaries who are unable to file online, may submit renewal filings by mail to:  Minnesota Secretary of State, 60 Empire Drive, St. Paul, MN 55103.  

If a notary public commission expires, a notary must seek reappointment by submitting a completed Notary Public Application.  Application forms are available online by visiting, or by contacting the office at 651-296-2803. 

"Notary transactions are central to everyone. Whether it is starting a business, adopting a child or buying a home, notaries serve an important role in the lives of Minnesotans," explained Ritchie.

Mark Ritchie is Minnesota's 21st Secretary of State. A downloadable press photograph is available at: