Notary Commissions

Notary Public Applications

Applications to become a Notary Public are available in the Circuit Court Clerk's Office or by mail. Written requests for applications should include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and be mailed to:
Clerk of Circuit Court
550 Boulevard
Colonial Heights, VA 23834

Online Application

Applications are also available online through the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth. In order to pick up the finalized notary commission at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office, applicants must indicate this preference on the application. Completed applications should be submitted with a check or money order in the amount of $45 payable to the Treasurer of Virginia. Mail the application and payment to:
Secretary of the Commonwealth
P.O. Box 1795
Richmond, VA 23218

Claiming a Notary Public Commission

When the notary commission has been issued, the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth will send a notice to the applicant. Applicants must subsequently appear in person in the Circuit Court Clerk's Office to receive their commission. No appointment is necessary; however, it is suggested that you contact the Circuit Court Clerk's Office at (804) 520-9364 to confirm your commission is ready for pickup.

Requirements to Claim Commission

When appearing to claim your commission, you should be prepared to present the confirmation received from the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, a photo ID, and a $10 clerk's fee. Payment may be made by cash, check, or money order payable to the Circuit Court Clerk. Debit and credit cards are not accepted.

Commission Expiration

Commissions expire within 60 days of the commission date if not claimed. Applicants who do not claim their commission within 60 days must reapply.