Texas Notary Renewal

Posted on February 20, 2012

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A notary public in the state of Texas is an individual who has been authorized by the state to administer oaths, take depositions and acknowledgements, and certify certain types of documents other than those that are recordable in public records. A Texas notary cannot make certified copies of recordable public records, such as marriage licenses or birth certificates. The primary function of a Texas notary public is to help prevent fraud by confirming the identity of the individual who is signing the document or making the statement.

In order to qualify as a notary public in Texas you must be at least 18 years old, a resident of the state, and have not been convicted of a felony or any other crime involving moral turpitude. A Texas notary public’s commission runs for four years and is valid in every county in the state.

If you meet the eligibility requirements and you’re ready to learn how to become a Texas notary, you can apply by completing a Form 2301, which is available from any county clerk in the state. You can also obtain a copy of the form directly from the Texas Secretary of State’s office. Many insurance companies and surety bond companies in the state also carry copies of the form. You must obtain a surety bond in the amount of $10,000. Submit your completed Form 2301 along with proof of your surety bond and a $21 filing fee to the Texas Secretary of State.

You must obtain an official notary seal and use it to authenticate any act you perform as a Texas notary public. Texas statues require the seal to include the words, “Notary Public, State of Texas” along with the Texas five-pointed star. Your seal must also bear your name and the expiration date of your commission. You must also obtain and maintain a Texas notary public record book. You are required to maintain the record book whether or not you charge a fee for your services. State law dictates the type of information that you must include in your record book whenever you perform a notary service. Your official notary seal and your notary record book should remain in your possession, even if they were paid for by a third party, such as your employer. Your notary record book is a public record which you may be required to produce upon request.

If you wish to continue your service as a Texas notary public beyond your initial four year commission you can request a Texas notary renewal of your commission. Requirements for a Texas notary renewal commission are the same as the initial process. You must submit a new Form 2301 along with proof of your $10,000 surety bond. You must include a $21 filing fee. You cannot file your Texas notary renewal application sooner than 90 days from the date your commission expires.

You can now get your notary commission or Texas notary renewal delivered electronically by email. E-commissions carry the same authority as those delivered by mail.

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