The NC Secretary of State oversees the qualification of notaries in North Carolina. You may obtain the following information from the Notary Public Section of the NC Secretary of State's web site:
Requirements for becoming a Notary
- Initial Application Form
- Requirements for Reappointment as Notary
- Application for Reappointment
- Requirements for Name Change/Address Change
- Application for Change of Name/Address
- Notary Acknowledgment Forms
Fee for notary application is $50 and must accompany the application which is mailed to:
Secretary of State, Notary Public Division, P. O. Box 29626, Raleigh, NC 27626-0622
After receiving word that the notary commission is approved, the applicant must appear at the Register of Deeds in the county of the commission for the administration of oath. Fee for administering the notary oath is $10. The Register of Deeds will issue a certificate at the time the oath is taken and record the notary’s signature, date of effectiveness, and expiration date.
The Register of Deeds is responsible for verifying that the notary’s commission is valid as it appears in the acknowledgment submitted for authentication. Fee for authentication is $5 per signature.
Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Resolution
Effective August 1, 2003
Pursuant to Lincoln County Board of Commissioners resolution on August 1, 2003, no recordings shall be done after 4:30 p.m. in the Lincoln County Register of Deeds office