How to Become a Notary in Montana
- 1). Ensure you meet the following criteria: You are at least 18 years old, have no felony convictions, have lived in Montana for at least 12 months and have never had your notary commission revoked, denied or restricted in any state.
- 2). Obtain a $10,000 surety bond. Montana requires notaries to obtain business insurance that will financially settle a claim that may arise from failing to comply with the duties of your post. The cost to obtain this bond is usually a flat fee of $50 to $75; it can be obtained through most insurance agents.
- 3). Complete the Application, Statement, Oath of Office for Commission as a Notary Public, which can be downloaded from the secretary of state's website. (See the Resources section for a link.) After filling out the form, sign it and get it notarized.
- 4). Send the application form, the bond and $25 (check or money order) as a filing fee to:
Secretary of State
P.O. Box 202801
Helena, MT 59620-2801
You will receive a certificate of commission and a Montana notary public handbook in the mail within two weeks.
- 5). Get a notary seal. Seals are stamps with your commission name and number; they can also contain the state seal. Seals can be ordered at any major office supply store.