Notaries

A notary public is an official of the Commonwealth of Kentucky appointed to take acknowledgments, administer oaths and affirmations, take verifications, certify that a copy of a document is a true copy, certify depositions, protest negotiable instruments, witness or attest signatures, and perform other notarial acts authorized by Kentucky Revised Statute. A notary public may also certify that a tangible copy of an electronic record is an accurate copy of the electronic record if the notary has taken reasonable steps to confirm the accuracy of that certification.

Notary Public State at Large

A notary public, state at large, is a resident or non-resident of Kentucky who is appointed by the Secretary of State under KRS 423.390 to perform notarial acts within the state of Kentucky.

An applicant for a commission as a notary public, state at large, must:

  • Be at least eighteen years of age;
  • Be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States;
  • Be a resident of, or have a place of employment or practice in the Kentucky county where the application is made;
  • Be able to read and write English; and not disqualified under KRS 423.395.

An applicant may be denied appointment as a notary public, state at large, for:

  • Failure to comply with Kentucky notary laws;
  • Fraud, deceit or omission on the notary application;
  • Conviction of any felony or a crime involving fraud, dishonesty, or deceit;
  • Failure to discharge the duties of a notary imposed by statute or administrative regulation;
  • Use of false or misleading advertising;
  • Representing that the notary has a right, duty or privilege that the notary does not have;
  • Denial, refusal to renew, revocation, or suspension of a notary commission in another state; or
  • Failure to maintain notary surety.

To apply for a Kentucky Notary Public State at Large appointment or reappointment, download theform and submit it online, or mail it with a $10.00 fee made payable to Kentucky State Treasurer to:

Notary Commissions
P.O. Box 821
Frankfort, KY 40602-0821

Once the application has been approved by the Office of the Secretary of State, a written notice will be sent to you stating that you must complete your appointment within 30 days of receipt of that notice by taking the oath of office and providing surety at the county clerk's office indicated. Please contact your county clerk with any questions regarding the bonding and oath process.

Notary Public Special Commission

A special commission notary is a resident or non-resident of Kentucky who is appointed by the governor of Kentucky to perform notarial acts inside or outside the state covering documents to be recorded in Kentucky only. To apply for a Notary Public Special Commission appointment, download the form and return it with a $10.00 fee made payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer to:

Notary Commissions
P.O. Box 821
Frankfort, KY 40602-0821

Once the application has been processed by the Secretary of State, you will receive a Notice of Appointment and Oath of Office. Pursuant to KRS 62.010, you must take the Oath of Office within 30 days after you receive your Notice of Appointment; the Oath may be administered by any judge, county judge/executive, notary public, clerk of court or justice of the peace (magistrate) in your county. After the Oath has been administered, it should be signed by both the person taking the oath and the person administering it. The Oath must be returned to the Secretary of State within 30 days after the date on the Notice of Appointment letter. Upon receipt of the Oath by the Secretary of State, the Governor will issue the Commission to Office.

Once you have been appointed to the office of Notary Public Special Commission, you should use the following signature format:

"I, ______________________, a Kentucky Notary Public Special Commission, for acts performed in or outside Kentucky for redecoration in Kentucky; my commission expires: ______________________."

Additional Information

Answers to frequently asked questions regarding notaries are provided on this website.

For more information about notaries, please contact the Notaries Branch of the Office of the Secretary of State:

  • phone: (502) 564-3490
  • fax: (502) 564-5687
  • email
  • mail to: Office of the Secretary of State
    Notary Branch
    P.O. Box 821
    700 Capital Ave., Ste. 158
    Frankfort, KY 40601

The Office of the Secretary of State is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST.

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