Instructions for Application for Commission to the Office of Notary Public
You are applying for a Kentucky Notary Public Special Commission. A Kentucky Notary Public Special Commission is a resident or nonresident of Kentucky who is appointed by the Governor of Kentucky to perform notarial acts inside or outside this state covering writings prepared for recordation in this state. KRS 423.110(6). Notaries receiving the appointment to this office are specifically limited to the acts described in this paragraph.
Once you have been appointed to the Office of Notary Public Special Commission you should utilize the following signature format: “I ___________________, a Kentucky Notary Public – Special Commission, for acts performed in or outside Kentucky for recordation in Kentucky; my commission expires: _________.”
After completing the application, mail to the Office of the Secretary of State, along with $10.00, to PO Box 821, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601. Checks should be made payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer.
After the application has been filed with the Secretary of State, you will receive a Notice of Appointment; attached to the Notice of Appointment will be a printed Oath of Office. Pursuant to KRS 62.010, you must take the Oath of Office within thirty (30) days after you receive your Notice of Appointment. The official oath may be administered by any judge, county judge/executive, notary public, clerk of a court or justice of the peace (magistrate) with your district or county. After the oath has been administered, the written Oath of Office should be signed by both the person taking the oath and the person administering the oath. The signed Oath of Office must be returned to the Secretary of State within thirty (30) days after the date on the Notice of Appointment letter. Upon receipt of the Oath of Office by the Secretary of State, the Governor, through the Secretary of State, will issue to the applicant the Commission to Office.
Instructions by Line:
Line 1: List your name as it is to appear on the Commission of Appointment and your birth date.
Line 2: List your home address. This is where your written Oath of Office and Notice of Appointment will be mailed.
Line 3: List county of application. If an out-of-state resident, designate the county from which you are making application.
Line 4: Check whether this is a new appointment or a reappointment. If previously a Notary Public – Special Commission and your commission has expired, please check new appointment.