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Illinois residents are appointed by the Secretary of State for a term of four years. Out-of-state residents are appointed for a term of one year. The purpose of notarization is the prevent fraud and forgery. The Illinois Notary Public acts as an official and unbiased witness to the identity of a person who comes before the notary for a specific purpose.

If a document requires the administration of an oath, the person must personally appear before the notary, be administered the appropriate oath and sign the document in the notary’s presence.

If the document requires an acknowledgement, the person must appear before the notary and acknowledge the document.

Please refer to the Illinois Notary Public Handbook for complete details.

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Notaries are appointed by the Secretary of State for a term of four years. An applicant for an appointment must (1) be a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, (2) be a resident of the State of Illinois for at least 30 days, (3) be at least 18 years of age, (4) be able to read and write the English language, (5) have not been convicted of a felony, and (6) have not had a notary commission revoked during the past 10 years.

An applicant must complete the application form provided by the Secretary of State and must obtain a notary bond valued at $5000 from a bonding or surety company. Once approved the commission will be mailed to the county clerk in which the applicant resides. There it must be recorded before the applicant is officially a notary.

NOTARY KIT – $59.99

Notary Express offers an Illinois notary service that is both cost effective and time saving. Being an Illinois Notary Public will enhance your professionalism and will make you indispensable to your employer. Illinois Notary Express includes the following for one low cost:

  • $5,000 Notary Bond – Protects the People of the State of Illinois during the four year term of your commission as a Notary Public.
  • $5,000 Notary Errors and Omissions Insurance – Protects you from lawsuits due to your errors or omissions and includes cost of defense without a deductible up to $5,000.00.
  • Toll Free telephone assistance during the four year term of your commission.
  • Internet assistance with online laws, forms and email support.
  • $10.00 State filing fee.
  • Your “official” Notary Seal (required by law).



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Mail application, copy of drivers license, & check/money order to:

Notary Express
2100 N University
Peoria, IL 61604

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