It is important that a notary public understands the duties and responsibilities of this office in the State of Florida. The law considers many instruments to be of such importance that they be signed by the maker in the presence of a notary public. The notary's function is to authenticate signatures and administer oaths on these documents, and therefore prevent fraud. The notary public is directly responsible for determining that the person signing is who he/she states. It is also important that the person signing the document states he/she understands what is being signed. When you are appointed as a notary public, you may notarize documents anywhere in the State of Florida.
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A Florida Driver's License is preferred not required. If the applicant does not have a Florida driver's license, a photocopy of one of the following is required: Florida tax form, recorded Declaration of Domicile, a sworn Affidavit of Residency, Homestead Exemption, Voter’s Registration Card, Florida ID Card.
In order for the Governor's Notary Section to evaluate your qualification for a Notary Public for the State of Florida, the following information is required:
1. A written statement regarding the nature of the felony charge(s): This statement should include the circumstances surrounding the charge(s), as well as any information the applicant wishes to make known about his or her life since the conviction.
2. A copy of the Judgment and Sentencing Order (or a comparable document) from the trial court. This document is also required even if adjudication was withheld by the court or if the conviction took place in another state or in a federal court.
3. A copy of the document restoring civil rights or issuing pardon to the convicted felon. In Florida, that document is a Certificate of Restoration of Civil Rights. If civil rights were restored in another state, the name or format of the document may differ. Note: If adjudication was withheld on the felony charge, civil rights were not lost. Therefore, this document would not be required.
Please note that this information is required for new or renewal appointments. Therefore, if the above information were submitted for the current notary appointment, it would also be required again upon renewal.
Submission of the above-required documentation does not guarantee that the Governor will approve the applicant since appointment as a notary is discretionary. Should the Governor deny an applicant the privilege of becoming a notary in the State of Florida, a full refund will be granted.
Complete information is important to ensure that we can process your application in a timely manner. Please note, however, that since these types of applications are referred to the Governor's office on an individual basis, a decision regarding the appointment will be returned in approximately 3 to 6 months.
New applicants are required to complete a three hour course on the duties of a notary public. We offer access to this on-line course (that complies with the State education requirements for a Florida notary), following completion of the notary application.