Becoming a Notary Public

COVID-19 Update: As of July 6, 2020, Notary Public services and swearing-ins will be performed on an appointment only basis. Please note that face coverings must be worn when entering the County Clerk’s Offices. To schedule an appointment, please call the County Clerk’s  Freehold Office or Neptune Monmouth County Connection during normal business hours.

The Notary Public serves as an impartial witness to the signing of documents, attests to the signature on the document, and may also administer oaths and affirmations.  The State Treasurer appoints a notary public for a five-year period and may renew the appointment for five-year increments.  All Notaries Public are sworn into office by the Clerk of the county in which the candidate resides. Complete information is provided in the New Jersey Notary Public Manual.

Prerequisites for a Notary Public Commission:

• Resident of New Jersey or a resident of an adjoining state who maintains, or is regularly employed in an office in New Jersey; and
• 18 years or older; and
• No record of conviction for a crime under the laws of any State or the Federal Government, for an offense involving dishonesty, or a crime of the first or second degree.

Applications and Renewals

To become a Notary Public, you must fill out the Notary Public Application. Applications are available online, by clicking here, and in person at the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office and Monmouth County Connection. There is a fee of $30.00 to apply for or renew your notary online.

Prospective notaries must have their applications signed by a legislator. If you file your application online it will be sent to your legislator electronically. If you choose to file a paper application, you will be responsible for delivering it to your legislator along with a $25.00 check made payable to the New Jersey State Treasurer.

Swearing In

You should receive your Notary Commission forms in the mail within approximately 2 weeks if you applied or renewed online, or from 3-4 weeks if you applied by mail.

Once you receive the Notary Commission Forms, you have 90 days from the date of issuance to appear in person at the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office or the Monmouth County Connection to be sworn in as a Notary Public. There is a $15 fee for swearing in and it can be paid in cash, check, Visa, Discover or MasterCard.

You may appear in person at the Clerk’s Office at 33 Mechanic Street, Freehold, NJ 07728 anytime from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary.

You may also appear in person at the Monmouth County Connection, 3544 State Highway 66, Neptune, NJ 07753 anytime the office is open. No appointment is necessary. Click here for the Monmouth County Connection’s hours.

Note: Expedited Notary Commission service from the State of NJ is available. For more information click here.

Status of Notary Public Processing

Should you need to confirm the status of a Notary Public Application, you may submit your request online by clicking here or mailing to:

Division of Revenue
Attention – Notary Unit
33 West State Street, 5th floor
Trenton, NJ 08608-1214

For more information, please call the New Jersey Department of the Treasurer, Division of Revenue at (609) 292-9292 or visit the State Notary Public website by clicking here.