Become a Notary

A person who wishes to become a Vermont notary public must be appointed by the assistant judges in the Vermont county in which he or she resides or, if a resident of an adjoining state, the Vermont county in which he or she is employed. The certificate of appointment must be filed and recorded in the office of the county clerk where issued. Notaries public hold office until ten days after the term of the appointing assistant judges expire, which is on the same date, every four years. The current commission expires February 10, 2019.

Before entering upon the duties of the office, a notary public, as well as an ex officio notary, must take the oath prescribed by the constitution, and “shall duly subscribe the same with his or her correct signature” (24 V.S.A. § 442). The signed oath must also be kept on file by the county clerk as a part of the county records.

The appointment, certification, and oath are contained in one form.  

To become a notary public, send the completed form, along with a $30.00 check* payable to the Vermont Superior Court and a self-addressed stamped envelope, to the county clerk of your county of residence or, if you are a resident of an adjoining state, the Vermont county where you are employed. 

Do not send the form or check to the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration. The Secretary of State does not appoint, commission, regulate, or discipline notaries public. 

*Pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 1403, county clerks shall issue a certification of notary public, upon receipt of application, to town clerks, State Police officers, municipal police officers, fish and game wardens, sheriffs and deputy sheriffs, and motor vehicle inspectors without charge or fee. 



This page was last updated: 2018-02-13