Become a Notary

A person who wishes to become a notary public must be appointed by an assistant judge in the county in which he or she resides. The certificate of appointment must be filed and recorded in the office of the county clerk where issued.

Before entering upon the duties of the office, a notary public, as well as an ex officio notary, must take the oath prescribed by the constitution, and “shall duly subscribe the same with his or her correct signature” (24 V.S.A. § 442). The signed oath must also be kept on file by the county clerk as a part of the county records.

The appointment, certification, and oath are contained in one form.  

Notaries public hold office until ten days after the term of the appointing assistant judges expire, which is on the same date, every four years. The current commission expires February 10, 2015. A notary who wishes to maintain his or her commission without interruption should seek reappointment from an assistant judge in the county in which he or she resides between February 1 and 10, 2015.

This page was last updated: 2014-04-08