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NEWS RELEASE: Notary Public Commission Renewal Period Begins August 1
Posted Date: 7/31/2013


CONTACT: DENNIS SMITH (651) 297-8919

Notary Public Commission Renewal Period Begins August 1
Office of Secretary of State Encourages Notaries with Commissions Expiring in 2014 to Renew Online

ST. PAUL, Minn. — July 31, 2013—Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie today reminded notaries whose commissions will expire January 31, 2014, to renew their commissions online at The notary commission renewal period begins August 1 and ends January 31, 2014.

"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.

"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.

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Note: The Business Services Division of the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State reviews, approves and files articles of incorporation and amendments for all businesses and nonprofit organizations doing business in Minnesota. In 2012, the division recorded nearly 61,000 new business filings. For the 2012–2013 biennium, the division projects collecting $27 million in business filings and other fees which are deposited into the state’s general fund.