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Notaries for Alabama

Founded in 2013, Notaries for Alabama:

  • offers training classes, continuing education, and mentoring.
  • acts as the leading voice of notaries throughout the state.
  • encourages its members to participate in community events.
  • promotes community awareness of the important role notaries fulfill.

Headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, the group hosts events throughout the state.

Notaries for Alabama strives to make it easier for the general public to find qualified, independent Notaries who can travel to homes, hospitals and  businesses in Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile and surrounding areas. Click on the "Traveling Notary Public" link to find a notary.

Traveling Notary Public


An active group of dedicated notaries, Notaries for Alabama sponsors:

  • Notary Basics:  Training for Alabama's Notaries.  Students have the choice of completing this class online via live webinar, or in a classroom setting.  By taking this class online, students from all 67 counties can attend.
  • Notaries for Alabama Hangout.  A Facebook Group for notaries.
  • Hangout...Newbies is a Facebook Group for aspiring notaries.
  • National Notary Public Day Event - November 7th. 
  • Notary Networking Meetings

Our mailing address is:

6275 University Drive NW

Suite 37, Box 125

Huntsville, Alabama 35

Notary FAQ's

How Do I Become A Notary?

There are 67 counties in Alabama and each one has its own requirements.   Yes, you read that correctly.  Some counties require that you complete an application form; some don't.  Some counties require personal references; others don't.  Some counties will process your request on a walk-in basis; other counties require  2-3 weeks for processing.  It can get a little crazy.

Let us help you make an otherwise mysterious and complicated process a lot easier.  We've contacted nearly every single county and can tell you what's required.  We can also get your surety bond and E & O insurance issued in no time from The Bond Lady.  For most counties, we can  complete everything  by phone or email.

What's A Bond?

Every Notary Public must purchase a Surety Bond, in the amount of $25,000 in order to receive a commission.  The Notary Bond is like a tangible promise you make to the residents of Alabama, that you will fulfill the duties and obligations of a notary, in accordance with state law.  

You can purchase a Notary Surety Bond from an insurance agent, or you can purchase one from the  The Bond Lady.

How Long Is A Commission?

As long a you remain an Alabama Resident, and satisfy any other requirements or stipulations outlined by your county, your commission will be effective for four (4) years. At the end of that time period, you can renew the commission with a new application, bond, and renewal fee.

If you relocate to another county, you should notify your Judge of Probate.  If you leave the State of Alabama you should also notify your Judge of Probate and discontinue notarizing signatures.


You are required to purchase a Notary Seal/Stamp.  You can purchase an embosser (raised seal) or an ink stamp. Both are acceptable and it really does come down to personal choice.   Notaries for Alabama recommends that you also purchase a Notary Journal. Please note that Alabama does not require its notaries to use a journal; however, it is a notary best practice.

If you're wondering where you should purchase your notary supplies, look no further. Alabama Notary Warehouse has offers quality supplies at a discount.  Just click on the link above, or here.  There are no special codes to enter.  Please note that Notaries for Alabama has an affiliate agreement with Alabama Notary Warehouse, and receives a commission from some of the items sold.

Is There a Notary Handbook?

No.  Effective January 1, 2012, Alabama's Notary Law was revised by SB 54.  A copy of the new law can be found here on this website (scroll down to "Documents").  It can also be found on the Secretary of State website.

How Much Can Notaries Charge?

Effective January 1, 2012, the Notary Fee increased to $5 per notarial act.

Notary FAQ's

How Do I Get Trained?

Generally speaking, Alabama does not require its notaries to undergo training.  However, we did hear that there may be a few counties who quiz or test notaries.  Nonetheless, notaries are expected to notarize signatures accurately, and in accordance to the state's laws.  We recommend training for every commissioned notary.  Notary Basics is the best option, in our opinion, because it covers Alabama notary laws.

How Do I Locate My Judge of Probate?

You can use Google, or find a list on the Secretary of State website.  Here's a link to a complete list, with contact information.

Judges of Probate.

Most Judges of Probate have an office at the County Courthouse.

What Role Does the Secretary of State Play?

The Secretary of State plays a key role in making information available to Alabama's Notaries.  A complete list of notaries can be found here.  This is how the general public verifies that you hold an active notary commission.

The Secretary of State is usually consulted when legislators consider making changes to notary laws.

Who Do I Call With Questions?

It depends. If you have questions about your notary commission, contact your Judge of Probate. Any other questions can be directed to the Secretary of State; or you can call us.

What's A Traveling Notary?

A traveling notary is someone who holds an active commission and agrees to drive to the person who needs their signature notarized.  It may be the signer's residence, hospital room, business or coffee shop.  In these situations, the notary will charge an additional fee for  travel.  Traveling Notaries are not employed by Notaries for Alabama. They pay us a nominal fee to be listed to help pay for the cost of this website.  If you are interested in being listed, contact our office.

Is There A Local Notary Association?

To our knowledge, Notaries for Alabama is the only local notary group.  There are a several nationally recognized notary organizations.

Founder & Owner

Michelle L. Riley

Michelle has been the driving force behind Notaries for Alabama since 2013.  In 2014, the National Notary Association (NNA) recognized Michelle for her work in Alabama by naming her one of their Notary of Year Honorees. She has been a frequent presenter at the NNA's Annual Conferences since 2015.  In addition to to being the lead Trainer of Notary Basics, she speaks throughout the State of Alabama at various legal group meetings and conferences.

Would you like Michelle to speak to your team members or employees about being a Notary Public? Email Notaries4Alabama@Gmail.com.    Below are just a few of her 2018 Speaker Events:  

  • October 17, 2018
    Alabama Association of Paralegals, Inc.
    Birmingham, Alabama
    Topic:  7 Things Every Alabama Notary Must Now

  • October 15-16, 2018
    Alabama Private Investigator Assoc.
    2018 Annual Conference
    Topic:  Business Opportunities for PI's - Process Serving

  • August 26, 2018
    Notary Basics Training

    Huntsville, AL

  • August 17-18, 2018
    AALS Fall Board Meeting and Educational Conference (Alabama Association for legal professionals)
    Huntsville, Alabama
    Topic:  Notary Public rules and Regulations

  • June 8, 2018
    Notary Basics Training
    Birmingham, Alabama

  • June 3-6, 2018
    National Notary Association 2018 Annual Conference
    Las Vegas, NV

  • February 25, 2018
    Notary Basics Training
    Huntsville, Alabama

Traveling Notaries

Due to space constraints, we are unable to list every city of every county. Call the notaries listed above and one of them should be able to assist you.

Due to space constraints, we are unable to list every city of every county. Call the notaries listed above and one of them should be able to assist you.

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Notaries for Alabama

6275 University Drive, Suite 37, Box 125, Huntsville, AL 35806, US

(205) 626-9399