Common Questions from Monroe NC Notary Public Information
Frequently Asked QuestionsWe provide this for informational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice.
I just found an old or expired notary public seal. What should I do with it?
Return old or expired seals to the Department for disposal.
Certified Mail sent to:
Hand delivery or by delivery service to:
NC Department of the Secretary of State Attn: Notary Public Section PO Box 29626 Raleigh, NC 27626-0626
NC Department of the Secretary of State Attn: Notary Public Section 2 South Salisbury Street Raleigh, NC 27601-2903
What is the penalty for keeping a notary seal once I am no longer commissioned?
Is a notary allowed to certify a true copy of a document?
If a notary resides in one county, can he or she notarize a document in another county?
What happens if a notary violates the law?
What are the crimes a notary can be charged with?
May a notary public notarize a document that is in a foreign language?
How can I find out how to authenticate a notarized document so I can use it outside the U.S.?
How long will it take for my notary application to be processed?
My commission is about to expire. How far in advance can I apply for reappointment?
My commission is about to expire. Will I have to take a test to get reappointed?
What’s a passing score on the reappointment test?
Is there anyone who can get reappointed without taking the test?
Where can I take the test so I can get reappointed?
How many times can I take the exam if I don’t pass the first time?
What happens if I fail three exams within 30 days?
Where can I buy the current Notary Public Guidebook for North Carolina?
Do I need to do anything about my commission if I have changed my name?
What happens if I don’t follow the steps for a name change?
I want to resign my commission. What do I need to do?
Can I notarize a document if it doesn’t have notarial wording?
Can I decide what kind of notarial act or certificate to use if the person didn’t provide one?
Someone brought me a document to notarize and it doesn’t have notarial wording. If the person tells me what kind of notarial act they want done, can I offer them a selection of certificates to pick from?
I am notarizing a vehicle title. Who can I contact for help if I have questions?