IOWA NOTARY PUBLICS
Iowa residents are appointed by the Secretary of State for a term of three years. Out-of-state residents are appointed for a term of one year. The purpose of notarization is the prevent fraud and forgery. The Iowa 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 Iowa Notary Pocketbook for complete details.
Notaries are appointed by the Iowa Secretary of State for a term of three years. An applicant for a commission as a notary public shall meet all of the following qualifications:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Be an Iowa resident or non-resident of adjoining state if place of business is in Iowa.
- Be able to read and write English.
- No voting disqualification due to felony conviction or judged mentally incompetent.
Before issuance of a commission as a notary public, an applicant for the commission shall execute an oath of office and submit it to the secretary of state.