Change of Name or Address Information

If your name or address has changed since you were last commissioned, you must notify the Notary Division of the change.

 

How to Change Your Name: Complete your change of name at: https://www.egov.maryland.gov/sos/notary/#/home. Whenever the name of a notary is changed (for example, by marriage), within 30 days of the change, the notary shall notify the Secretary of State and the Clerk of the Circuit Court of the County, or Baltimore City, depending upon where the notary received the commission. Go to the above link and click on "Update Your Notary Information". Follow the steps for updating your name.

The notary may continue to perform official acts under the name in which the notary was commissioned until the expiration of the term. However, it is preferable to write on each document’s certificate New Name, commissioned as Prior Name. (e.g. Sally Jones, commissioned as Sally Johnson).

A notary who wishes to obtain a commission in a new name will select to be re-sworn in for a commission displaying their new name when changing their name online. If you opt to be re-sworn in under your changed name, you will be charged a non-refundable $5 application fee plus a $1 service fee. The notary must appear before the Clerk to be sworn in under their new name and must pay the Clerk of the Court’s fee, as if the notary is renewing a commission. When the notary is sworn in for the new commission because of a change of name, the previous commission held in the old name is no longer valid.

How to Change Your Address: Complete your change of address at: https://www.egov.maryland.gov/sos/notary/#/home. Whenever the address of a notary is changed, within 30 days of the change, the notary shall notify the Secretary of State and the Clerk of the Circuit Court of the County, or Baltimore City, depending upon where the notary received the commission. Go to the above link and click on "Update Your Notary Information". Follow the steps for updating your address.

The notary may continue to perform official acts until the expiration of the term. A new stamping device is not required if the notary has only changed their address even if the new address is not in the county or City of Baltimore where the notary received the commission and which appears on the notary’s stamping device.

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