A notary public is an official of the Commonwealth of Kentucky appointed to take acknowledgments, administer oaths and affirmations, take verifications, certify that a copy of a document is a true copy, certify depositions, protest negotiable instruments, witness or attest signatures, and perform other notarial acts authorized by Kentucky Revised Statute. A notary public may also certify that a tangible copy of an electronic record is an accurate copy of the electronic record if the notary has taken reasonable steps to confirm the accuracy of that certification.
Notary Public State at Large: A notary public, state at large, is a resident or non-resident of Kentucky who is appointed by the Secretary of State under KRS 423.390 to perform notarial acts within the state of Kentucky.
An applicant for a commission as a notary public, state at large, must:
- Be at least eighteen years of age;
- Be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States;
- Be a resident of, or have a place of employment or practice in the Kentucky county where the application is made;
- Be able to read and write English; and not disqualified under KRS 423.395.
To apply for a Kentucky Notary Public State at Large appointment or reappointment, you can fill out the Notary application online through the secretary of state website or download the Notary application form and mail the application along with a $10.00 fee made payable to Kentucky State Treasurer to Notary Commissions P.O. Box 821 Frankfort, KY 40602-0821
After the application has been processed and approved by the Secretary of State, a written notice will be sent to you stating the Certificate of Appointment can be obtained from the county clerk’s office. You have thirty (30) days from the day of your approval to go to the county clerk’s office, at the Burlington location only, to take the oath of office and provide an executed insurance bond in the sum of One Thousand ($1,000.00) Dollars as surety as well as valid form of ID.
** Failure to post bond and take the oath within thirty (30) days of approval will cause your commission to become void. This will necessitate the submission of a new application and fee to become commissioned as a notary. **
There is a $19.00 filing fee paid by the applicant when they come to the office to take the oath and will have to be paid with CASH or CHECK only.
Click here for general notary information from the Kentucky Secretary of State’s website.
Click here for the Notary Public Handbook provided by the Kentucky Secretary of State.
Click here for frequently asked questions regarding notaries and notary services.
For questions please contact the Kentucky Secretary of State
700 Capital Ave., Ste. 152
Frankfort, KY 40601
P: (502) 564-3490
F: (502) 564-5687