January 31, 2013, notary commission deadline approaching

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St. Paul, MN — Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie today (Monday, Jan. 7) reminded notaries with expiring commissions to renew their commissions by the Jan. 31, 2013 deadline.

“Notaries commissions must be kept current.  Commissions can be renewed online at www.sos.state.mn.us,” said Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.  “If you are unsure of your expiration date, check the expiration date on your notary stamp.”

Notaries public are appointed by the governor and approved by the State Senate after filing with the Office of the Secretary of State. Notary commissions are valid for a five-year term and expire on Jan. 31 of the fifth year.  Notary commissions must be renewed prior to expiration.

Notary commissions can be renewed either online or by mail.  The $120 renewal filing fee can be paid online using a credit card (Visa or Master card) or E-check.  Once renewals are approved, commission certificates are available online for immediate printing. Commission certificates will include additional instructions on registering with the notary’s county of residence. The county of residence will charge a $20 fee due upon registration. Instructions and forms are available at: https://notary.sos.state.mn.us.

If a notary public commission expires, a notary must seek reappointment by submitting a complete Notary Public Application. Application forms are also available at https://notary.sos.state.mn.us.

“Notaries perform the important role of certifying the authenticity of transactions such as adopting a child, buying a home or starting a business,” concluded Secretary Ritchie. “To ensure their ability to perform this role, notaries need to renew their commissions in a timely fashion.”


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