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 Notaries

General Information

The information reflected here pertains to the revised notary law which takes effect July 1, 2014 (see West Virginia Code §39-4 "Revised Uniform Law On Notarial Acts.").

Over 45,000 eligible residents or employees in West Virginia currently hold notary public commissions. The Secretary of State administers the application process and issues notary public commissions for a term of five (5) years.


The authority of a notary public is generally limited to acknowledging the signature of a person to a document or to an oath signed within the state.  The role of the notary is to assure that the signature on a document is the true signature of the person he or she claims to be.  A notary can be held financially responsible if fraud occurs because of the notary's improper notarization.


If you are a notary or a person trying to obtain a proper notarization on a document, we urge you to review the practice handbook and the FAQs to help avoid future problems with your documents.


Please visit these links for complete notary information: