Is Your Notary Commission About to Expire?
Notary Public Recommissions
Section 1.5 of the Notary Public Guidebook for North Carolina. Notary public commissions are not renewed; each subsequent commission is a new appointment, and with each new appointment a notary must requalify for a commission by completing the application process successfully and retaking the oaths of office. There is no limit to the number of successive appointments a notary may serve.
A notary may apply for recommissioning no earlier than ten weeks before expiration of a current commission. The notary who submits an application for recommissioning follows the same procedure as for the initial commissioning, including submitting the completed application form and paying the $50 application fee, with three exceptions.
- The notary course need not have been taken and a high school diploma is not required.
- The publicly elected official and notary instructor signatures are not required.
- The examination can be completed online. The Department offers the online examination for recommissioning on its Web site at www.sosnc.com. The examination need not be taken for recommissioning by attorneys nor by notaries who have been continuously commissioned since July 10, 1991, and who have not been disciplined by the Department.
An application for recommissioing is also offered online but is limited to those who take the online examination. Attorneys, who are not required to take the examination, should mail their applications and the $50 application fee to the Department.
A notary who applies for recommissioning after commissions expiration but within one year of the expiration follows the same procedure as if applying before commission expiration. Although the statues authorize it to do so, the Department does not require theses applicants to retake the notary course if they pass the examination. A former notary who applies for recommssioning more than one year after commission expiration must follow the procedure for an initial appointment.
Notaries must not perform official acts after a commission has expired and before the oaths are taken for another term. Performing a notarial act after a commission has expired is a Class 1 misdemeanor criminal offense.