A Notary is appointed by the Secretary of State for a four-year term.
You may also obtain an application and/or handbook online from the Secretary of State at www.ilsos.gov. Click on Department, then on Index, then Notary Services. All applicants must obtain a $5,000 notary bond from a bonding or surety company. The completed notary application, proof of surety bond and a $10.00 filing fee are mailed to:
Secretary of State
111 E. Monroe
Springfield, Il 62756
Once your official Notary Commission is processed by the Secretary of State’s office, they will mail the certificate to you at the address on your commission. *This process became effective July 1, 2022.
Your appointment as a notary is not complete until the commission is recorded with the Secretary of State’s office.
If you have any questions, please call the Secretary of State’s office at (217) 782-7017.