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Notary Public

On June 30, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott extended the temporary suspension of section 121.006(c)(1) of the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code to allow for appearance before a notary public via videoconference to acknowledge real-estate instruments such as mortgages.

The suspension of section 121.006(c)(1) (PDF), granted by the Office of the Governor on April 27, 2020, is amended to remain in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the March 13, 2020 disaster declaration is lifted or expires.


On May 29, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott extended the temporary suspension of section 121.006(c)(1) of the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code to allow for appearance before a notary public via videoconference to acknowledge real-estate instruments such as mortgages.

The suspension of section 121.006(c)(1) (PDF), granted by the Office of the Governor on April 27, 2020, is amended to remain in effect until the earlier of June 30, 2020, or the termination of the March 13, 2020 disaster declaration.


On April 27, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott temporarily suspended section 121.006(c)(1) of the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code to allow for appearance before a notary public via videoconference to acknowledge real-estate instruments such as mortgages.

The conditions that will apply whenever this suspension is invoked can be found here (PDF).

This suspension will remain in effect until the earlier of May 30, 2020, or until the March 13, 2020 disaster declaration is lifted or expires. Documents executed while this suspension is in effect, and in accordance with its terms, will remain valid after the termination of this suspension.


On April 8, 2020 Governor Greg Abbott temporarily suspended certain statutes to allow for appearance before a notary public via videoconference to execute a self-proved will, a durable power of attorney, a medical power of attorney, a directive to physician, or an oath of an executor, administrator, or guardian.

The following conditions will now apply whenever this suspension is invoked:
  • A notary public shall verify the identity of a person signing a document at the time the signature is taken by using two-way video and audio conference technology.
  • A notary public may verify identity by personal knowledge of the signing person, or by analysis based on the signing person’s remote presentation of a government-issued identification credential, including a passport or driver’s license, that contains the signature and a photograph of the person.
  • The signing person shall transmit by fax or electronic means a legible copy of the signed document to the notary public, who may notarize the transmitted copy and then transmit the notarized copy back to the signing person by fax or electronic means, at which point the notarization is valid.

This suspension will remain in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the March 13, 2020 disaster declaration is lifted or expires. Documents executed while this suspension is in effect, and in accordance with its terms, will remain valid after the termination of this suspension.


  • Administrative rules governing Texas notaries public have been revised effective August 19, 2018. The new rules are found in Title 1, Chapter 87 of the Texas Administrative Code.

  • Commissioned notaries may now apply to be commissioned as an Online Notary Public. If you are interested in learning more about becoming an online notary public, visit our webpage on Getting Started as an Online Notary Public.

  • IMPORTANT: Online notary commissions expire on the same date traditional notary commissions expire. Notaries holding both online and traditional commissions must renew each commission separately. Renewing your traditional commission does not automatically renew your online commission.

  • Section 406.014 of the Texas Government Code and Section 121.012(b) and (c) of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code have been amended, changing the notary record book requirement for listing addresses from “residence or alleged residence” to “mailing address.” Section 406.014(c) was also amended 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.

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

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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.

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.

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