Becoming a Notary Public

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 and prerequisites for a Notary Public Commission are provided in the New Jersey Notary Public Manual.

To schedule an appointment, please call the County Clerk’s Freehold Office at 732-431-7324 or Neptune Monmouth County Connection at 732-303-2828 during normal business hours.

Applications and Renewals

To become a Notary Public, you must fill out the Notary Public Application. Applications are available online on the State of New Jersey website by clicking here. 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. When filing your application online, it will be sent to your legislator electronically.

Swearing In

You should receive your Notary Commission forms in the mail within approximately 2 weeks from the date the application is submitted.

Once you receive the Notary Commission Certificate, 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.

To schedule an appointment to be sworn in, please call the County Clerk’s Freehold Office at 732-431-7324 or Neptune Monmouth County Connection at 732-303-2828 during normal business hours.

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.