Application & Requirements
To become a Notary Public you must complete the application process and fulfill the following requirements…
Fill out a Notary Application, which can be obtained at the office of the County Clerk or by clicking on the following link. Be sure to indicate in the space provided whether your application is new or a renewal. If you live in another state but work in New Jersey, you must indicate both your home and business addresses in the spaces provided.
Endorsement by NJ Legislator
A New Jersey Legislator must endorse your notary application on line 10 and 11 of the application before it can be sent to Trenton for processing.
Mail Completed Application
After the application is endorsed, send it along with a $25 application fee to the following address. Make checks payable to N.J. State Treasurer.
New Jersey Department of Treasury
Notary Public Section
PO Box 452
Trenton, NJ 08625
Note: As most Legislators prefer to forward your application directly to the State Treasurer after endorsing it, you should include your check with the application when mailing it to their office. We recommend calling the Legislator's office to check on that person’s procedure.
When your application is approved, you will receive a Notary Commission from the New Jersey Department of Treasury. This document is constructed in three (3) sections that are attached but perforated. Do not tear them apart. You must then appear in person with this document at the Bergen County Clerk's office to register the Commission. You will also be asked to provide some form of identification, such as a driver’s license, to verify your signature. You must register within 90 days of receipt of this commission package. Failure to do so will invalidate your Notary Commission.
There is a $15 fee to register your Notary Commission with the County. You may pay by cash or check made payable to the Bergen County Clerk. You will receive a receipt.
NOTE: Your Notary Commission must be renewed every five (5) years. Unless you have moved and failed to notify the Notary Public Section of your new address, you should receive a renewal application from Trenton automatically, approximately three (3) months prior to the expiration date. If you have not received a new application you may print one out from this website.
To notify the Notary Public Section of an address or name change print out the Change of Address/Name form and send one copy to address provided for the Notary Public Section in Trenton, and one copy to the County Clerk's office for our records.