COVID-19 Notary Public Operation Notice
The four-year statutory term of a notary public has been extended for all notaries public with an active Notary Commission during the current State of Emergency. To view the Secretary of State’s Emergency Order extending the time requirements click here.
Notice regarding appointments: The Clerk’s Office is experiencing a high call volume and status requests for Notary Public Commissions. Please note that you will not be able to schedule an appointment prior to your Commission being received by the Clerk’s Office. You should allow at least one week for the Clerk’s Office to receive your Commission after you are informed by the Secretary of State that your Commission has been forwarded to the Clerk’s Office.
Applying for an Appointment as a Notary Public
A person who wishes to apply for appointment as a Notary Public first must apply to the Maryland Secretary of State. The Secretary’s staff then forwards the application to the State Senator of the applicant’s Senatorial District and then to the Governor for his/her approval of appointment. If approved, the Governor’s staff will notify the applicant to appear before the Clerk of the Circuit Court of the County (or Baltimore City) where the applicant resides.
The appointee takes the oath of office before the Clerk of the Court, receives the Commission, and is qualified to act as a Notary Public. All Prince George’s County Notary Publics are currently sworn in by appointments only.
The fee for a Notary Commission is $22 ($11 to the Secretary of State, and $11 to the Clerk of the Court).
The fee to authenticate a Prince George’s County Notary is $1 per signature.
Additional information can be found at the Maryland Office of the Secretary of State, Notary Division.