Before an initial notary appointment, applicants must complete a Secretary of State
approved course of instruction in the duties of notary office. The course must contain
a minimum of 6 hours of classroom instruction. Approved courses are offered by community
colleges and technical institutes. Contact Forsyth Technical Community College at
(336) 723-0371 for class schedules. Upon completion of the approved course, an application
will be given with instructions for completing and mailing to the NC Secretary of
After notification from the Secretary of State, applicants must appear before the
Register of Deeds to take the Notary Oath and pay the associated fee
(see fees page).
Visit the Secretary
of State’s website for current information on notary re-commissioning. After
notification from their office, applicants must appear before the Register of Deeds
in the county in which the commission is issued within 45 days from the issue date.
Applicants are required to take the oath of office and pay the associated fee (see fees page).
Change of Name / Address
A notary must notify the Secretary of State of a name or address change by completing
the Change Form at the
Secretary of State’s website and mailing it to the address indicated on
the form. Upon receiving approval of the change of information from the Secretary
of State, you must appear before the Register of Deeds to take the oath and pay
the associated fee (see fees page).
A Notary Certificate that certifies that one was a notary at the time an acknowledgement
was taken can be obtained from this office for a fee (see fees
page). Certificates are issued for Forsyth County notaries only.
Visit the Secretary
of State’s authentication website for Apostille instructions.
Sample Notary Documents
Secretary of State’s samples website to receive additional information pertaining
to notarizing documents and to get sample acknowledgement forms.
North Carolina Notary Association
The North Carolina Notary Association is a non-profit North Carolina corporation
organized to benefit notaries in North Carolina. For more information, visit their website.