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Notaries for Alabama

Notaries for Alabama, the state's only support group for notaries, provides much-needed guidance, education and timely information on all matters related to fulfilling the important role and responsibilities of Notary Public.


Headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, the group's influence impacts notaries in all sixty-seven Alabama counties by sponsoring events (primarily training and information sessions) in a variety of cities and maintaining an active online (internet) presence.  

 

Don't be fooled.  Notaries for Alabama's  scope of influence isn't limited to only helping notaries.  Notaries for Alabama enjoys being an important resource to parents, students, caregivers, homeowners, educators and legal professionals who require notary services, or have questions about the notarization process.


Instead of searching online for a "notary near me," you can come here instead and click on the "Traveling Notary Public" link to find a notary.

Traveling Notary Public

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If you are interested in volunteering to work with us in a leadership or administrative role, let us know.   To be added to our mailing list, send us a message (below) and we'll make sure you're included in our member communication.


You can also connect with us on Facebook by joining our free, informative discussion groups:



  • Hangout...Newbies is a Facebook Group for Alabama residents who are interested in becoming a notary.  In the Newbies group, they are able to get assistance from experienced notaries.


Notaries for Alabama

6275 University Drive NW

Suite 37, Box 125

Huntsville, Alabama 35


Phone:  (205) 626-9399

Fax:  (515) 724-6009

Email:  Notaries4Alabama@Gmail.com



Related Websites:

Alabama Notary and Process Server

Process Server Training

The Bond Lady


How Do i become a notary public in alabama?

How Do I Become A Notary?

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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; others do not. Some counties require personal references.  Some counties will process your request on a walk-in basis; other counties require  2-3 weeks for processing.  

Notaries for Alabama can help you sort out the details by answering your questions or putting you in touch with your Office of Probate.   If you provide us with the name of the county you reside in, we can email you the information we have on file detailing your county's requirements and fees.

What's A Bond?

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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?

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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.

What do I Need? (Supplies)

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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 offers quality supplies at a discount.  Just click on the link above, or here.  Still not happy with the price? Send us an email and request a Special Offer Code. 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?

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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.


In 2018, Notaries for Alabama put together an informative brochure, "Getting Started as a Notary Public in Alabama".  The brochure outlines ten steps to follow in order to obtain a notary commission.  You can request a free copy by filling out the Contact Us page below, or sending us an email.


Without a Notary Handbook, after obtaining their commission, notaries are sometimes at a loss what to do next. In 2019, Notaries for Alabama created "Let's Get You Trained," a brochure that outlines the various types of notary training available to Alabama notaries You can request a free copy by filling out the Contact Us page below, or sending us an email. 

How Much Can Notaries Charge?

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


An Alabama Notary Public is able to charge $5 for each signature acknowledged (notarized), and for each act performed. 


Notaries who drive to meet with you can charge an additional fee or fees to compensate them for the expense of travel.  Alabama does not set limits on what a notary can charge for travel.



notary training and 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.


In 2019, Notaries for Alabama put together an informative flyer, "Now That You're Commissioned...Let's Get You Trained!"  It outlines four (4) types of notary training classes that are available to Alabama Notaries.  You can request a free copy by filling out the Contact Us page below, or sending us an email.  Be sure to mention which county you reside in.

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. We're here to answer a variety of questions that you have but we aren't attorneys so we are unable to offer any legal advice.  We are not government officials so we don't have any official authority.  That being said, we will do our best answer your questions or direct you to someone else who can.

If you have questions about your notary commission, contact your Judge of Probate. If someone is threatening legal action against you because of a notarization you completed, contact an attorney or, if you have E&O insurance, notify the insurance company immediately. 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 national notary organizations.  The National Notary Association (NNA) is the largest.

alabama notary legislative update - 2019

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Alabama House Bill 22

HB-22 had its First Reading on March 5, 2019. It was authored/introduced by Representatives Chris Blackshear (District 80), Corey Harbison (District 12) and Scott Stadthagen (District 9).

Synopsis:  Under existing law, a notary public in the State of Alabama must be a resident of the state. HB-22 would allow a person who resides in a state bordering on the State of Alabama who carries on a business, profession, or who is regularly employed in the State of Alabama, to be commissioned as a notary public by the judge of probate in the county in which the person carries on his or her profession, business, or employment.

Recommendation:  Please contact your the elected officials for your district and let them know how you feel about this bill.  A copy of HB-22 can be found below, in Important Documents for Notaries.

Alabama Senate Bill 359

SB-359  had its First Reading on April 30, 2019.   It was authored by Senator Clay Scofield (District 9).


Synopsis:  This bill would created the Online Notary Public Act.  It would also provide for the AL Secretary of State to commission any notary public as an online notary public and adopt rules for the implementation of online notarization.  It would also authorize the SOS to perform E-Apostilles.


Recommendation:  Please contact your elected officials for your district and let them know how you feel about SB-359.  A copy can be found below in Important Documents for Notaries.

Observations of Notaries for Alabama

Both HB-22 and SB 359 will have a direct impact on Alabama residents.


HB-22:  Alabama residents could have documents notarized by a person who doesn't reside in Alabama.


SB-359:  Alabama residents would no longer have to personally appear in front of a notary to have their signature notarized. The event could take place via computer or mobile device.  


If you would like more information on Remote Notarization, please download a copy of the National Notary Association Notary Bulletin - "Remote Notarization: What You Need to Know".  You'll find a copy below in Important Documents for Notaries.


If you have specific questions regarding HB-22 or SB-359 contact your elected official or an attorney.  If you have questions for Notaries for Alabama, let us know.

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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 members of your organization about being a Notary Public? Email Notaries4Alabama@Gmail.com.    Below are just a few of her 2018 Speaker Events:  


  • August 8-11, 2019

                        Presenter: Alabama Notary Rules and Regulations 

                        Event: Alabama Association of Paralegals, Inc. (AAPi) Convention

                        Gulf Shores, AL


  • May 5-8, 2019

                       Workshop Presenter: Marketing Plans Made Easy for the Notary Entrepreneur

                       Event: National Notary Association 2019 Annual Conference

                       St. Louis, MO


  • October 17, 2018
    Workshop Presenter
    Topic:  7 Things Every Alabama Notary Must Know
    Event:  Alabama Association of Paralegals, Inc. Conference
    Birmingham, AL


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


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


  • June 3-6, 2018
    Workshop Presenter
    Event:  National Notary Association 2018 Annual Conference
    Las Vegas, NV



  • January 18, 2018
    Probate Judge Winter Conference
    Topic:  Alabama Notary Public Update
    Montgomery, AL

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