Become a Notary

A person who wishes to become a notary public must be appointed by the assistant judges 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. 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.

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.  

To become a notary public or to maintain your status as a notary (if your commission expires February 10, 2015), complete the Oath and Appointment Form, take the oath before a notary public, and send the completed form, along with a $30.00 check payable to the Vermont Superior Court and a self-addressed stamped envelope, to the county clerk where he or she resides.

Do not send the form or check to the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration. The Secretary of State does not appoint, commission, regulate, or discipline notaries public. 



This page was last updated: 2015-01-26