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Statutory Documents

Notary Public

  • New! Senate Bill 1098, effective September 1, 2017, amends Section 406.014 of the Texas Government Code and Section 121.012(b) and (c) of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, changing the notary record book requirement for listing addresses from “residence or alleged residence” to “mailing address.” The bill also amends Section 406.014(c) to state that notaries must provide certified copies of the records contained in their record books instead of certified copies of all records in their offices.

  • Notaries public commissioned for the first time on or after January 1, 2016, and notaries public renewing their commissions on or after that date must have their notary ID number on their seal of office. See Section 406.013, Texas Government Code.

  • Update your mailing address online!

  • Haven’t received your commission? Unable to locate your commission? Unable to open the commission PDF? Request a duplicate commission online!

Notary Public Training Courses

Secretary of State notary public education materials and training video are available here on the Secretary of State web site. At this time we do not conduct routine workshops or seminars for a fee.

The Secretary of State has no affiliation with any business that advertises notary public training and related services. Nor does the Secretary of State endorse any businesses. The Secretary of State lacks jurisdiction to take action regarding a business that offers notary public training. If you believe you have been harmed by a business offering notary education training, you should contact the police or the Consumer Protection office of the Attorney General.

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2017 Notary Public Conference Presentations

We would like to thank our speakers and our attendees for participating in the Texas Secretary of State’s 2017 Notary Public Conference. For those unable to attend, you may access the videos and course materials below or visit the official Notary Education YouTube page.

“Nuts and Bolts” of Performing Notarial Acts by
Kathleen M. Butler

Video | PDF 1 & PDF 2

Legislative Update by Robert Sumners and Sara Wagner

Video | PDF

Insight from the Secretary of State: Part 1 Updating Information by Amanda Barrera

Video | PDF

Insight from the Secretary of State: Part 2 Recordkeeping by Sarah McDaniel

Video | PDF
Insight from the Secretary of State: Part 3 Complaints by Kevin Tipton

Video | PDF
  When & How to Refuse to Notarize and Avoiding the Unauthorized Practice of Law by Michael Closen

Video | PDF

General Notary Information

E-commissions are now available. By providing your email address on your application for Appointment as a Texas Notary Public your commission will be emailed to you resulting in faster receipt than if sent by mail. E-commissions also have a fresh new look. Samples of the notary commissions issued by the secretary of state are available for review.

Notaries public are governed primarily by Chapter 406 of the Texas Government Code and the secretary of state’s administrative rules found in title 1, Chapter 87 of the Texas Administrative Code. Other statutes, such as Chapter 121 of the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code, also govern certain notary conduct.

The secretary of state commissions notaries public and has the authority to discipline notaries, including suspension or revocation of commission, for good cause. For information on filing a complaint against a Texas notary public with the secretary of state, see our FAQs Relating to Notary Public Complaints.

¿Notario Público? Not in Texas! (En Español)

Educational Materials

These materials are offered as a public service for educational non-commercial use and are not intended to provide legal advice. While these materials are believed to be accurate, the Secretary of State makes no representations or warranties and disclaims any liability or responsibility for any errors.

The Secretary of State retains any underlying ownership and copyright in these materials (with the exception of the Pikoff and Crimmins article), and the materials should not be reproduced, redistributed, published, in whole or in part, without the prior written permission of the Secretary of State.