Renewal Applicant Information
Renewal Application Information
How to Renew Your Notary Commission:
- Order the Handbook and review it: https://sos.maryland.gov/Documents/SOSOrderForm.pdf
- All renewal applicants must complete a Course of Study: https://sos.maryland.gov/Documents/SOSOrderForm.pdf
Upon successful completion of the notary public course of study, notaries will receive a certificate of completion from the provider. Notaries must submit an electronic copy of their certificate as part of their online renewal application.
- Complete your new online notary application at:
Renewal Application Process:
- Complete your online renewal application
- Upon completion and payment, you will receive an email from the online registration vendor confirming completion of the application and payment.
- The Secretary of State will receive your renewal application the next business day.
- Your renewal application will be reviewed for completion and to ensure you provided your valid home address.
- We will conduct a background check to ensure you have disclosed any criminal convictions and civil judgments entered against you (civil judgment defined in the definitions Part XIII of the Notary Handbook). If you did not accurately report information about your criminal record on your application, the application will be denied. The determination to approve or deny your application is made by the Secretary of State.
- If denied, you will be notified of your denial.
- If approved, you will be notified via email of the approval of your renewal application. That email notification will instruct you to appear at the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the county in which you will be commissioned for your next commission. Read the attachment for specific instructions to obtain your commission from the Clerk of the Court.
- After receiving notification, you must appear before the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the county in which you are commissioned to take the oath of office within 30 days of the date you were notified.
Failure to appear within 30 days will result in revocation of your commission.
- Clerk of the Court’s Fee: Be prepared to pay the Clerk of the Court $10.00 for the commission and $1.00 registration fee. This is separate from your notary application fee paid to the Secretary of State. If you do not appear before the Clerk of the Circuit Court and take your oath of office within the 30 days, your commission will be revoked. If your commission is revoked because you did not appear within 30 days, you must reapply by submitting a new application, and pay another application fee.