Notary Division

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​​ Effective April 15, 2022, the following publications​ will no longer be available online:
• Maryland Notaries Handbook
• Maryland Condominium Act
• Maryland Solicitations Act
These pamphlets will only be available in print. To purchase, please call 410-260-3876 to place your order, or ​​​click here​​ for the or​der form.

General Notary Info​rma​​tion​​​


Remote Notary Information

Process t​​o become authorized to perform remote notarial acts:

  1. Complete, sign, and submit the appropriate remote notary notification form required by the Office of the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State will have two types of remote notary notification forms, one for notaries public who intend to perform remote notarial acts on electronic records using an authorized remote online notary vendor and one for notaries who intend to perform remote notarial acts using other communication technology.
  2. If appropriate, select one or more authorized remote online notary vendors; the Secretary of State will maintain a list of authorized remote online notary vendors on its website.
  3. If the form is completed and an authorized remote notary online vendor was selected, you will receive an email confirming you are authorized to perform remote notarial acts.
  4. If the form is incomplete or an unauthorized remote notary vendor was selected, you will receive an email informing you that you are not authorized to perform remote notarial acts. You are allowed to re-submit a remote notary notification form to correct the error on the originally submitted remote notary notification form.​​​​

​Notary Public Town Halls​

  • ​​Effective Immediately:* The regulation regarding the mileage fee that a Notary Public may charge when traveling to perform a notarization has been changed. Now, a Notary Public may demand and receive reimbursement at the prevailing rate for mileage established by the Internal Revenue Service for business travel and a fee not to exceed $5 for travel if required for the performance of a notarial act.  The IRS mileage rate for 2022 is 58.50​ cents per mile.

​​Notary Public Online Application and​
Renewal Service Now Available

​Find the legislative district number & the name of your Senator ! Use the look-up link provided by the Maryland General Assembly​

Statutory Authority: State Government Article, §18-101 et seq. of the Annotated Code of Maryland.​​

Effective January 1, 2021 the Notary division is going paperless ALL applications, communications, etc. will be electronic. Every notary is responsible to ensure that SOS has a current e-mail, street address, and business phone number on file at all times.

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