Notaries

A notary public is a public servant appointed by state government to witness the signing of documents and to administer oaths. Notaries public notarize documents to deter fraud and ensure proper execution. To find a notary, use the online lookup service.

Notary Public State at Large

A notary public state at large is a resident or non-resident of Kentucky who is appointed to perform notarial acts within the state of Kentucky, but these documents may be sent to other states for recording. To apply for a Kentucky Notary Public State at Large appointment or reappointment, download the form and return it with a $10.00 fee made payable to Kentucky State Treasurer to:

Notary Commissions
P.O. Box 821
Frankfort, KY 40602-0821

Once the application has been processed by the Secretary of State, your Certificate of Appointment will be sent to the county clerk in the county of application. A written notice will also be sent to you stating that your Certificate of Appointment is in the county clerk's office. Within 30 days of receiving your notice, you must go to the county clerk's office and (1) post bond, (2) take the oath of office, and (3) file and record your commission. Please contact your county clerk with any questions regarding the bonding and oath process.

Notary Public Special Commission

A special commission notary is a resident or non-resident of Kentucky who is appointed by the governor of Kentucky to perform notarial acts inside or outside the state covering documents to be recorded in Kentucky only. To apply for a Notary Public Special Commission appointment, download the form and return it with a $10.00 fee made payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer to:

Notary Commissions
P.O. Box 821
Frankfort, KY 40602-0821

Once the application has been processed by the Secretary of State, you will receive a Notice of Appointment and Oath of Office. Pursuant to KRS 62.010, you must take the Oath of Office within 30 days after you receive your Notice of Appointment; the Oath may be administered by any judge, county judge/executive, notary public, clerk of court or justice of the peace (magistrate) in your county. After the Oath has been administered, it should be signed by both the person taking the oath and the person administering it. The Oath must be returned to the Secretary of State within 30 days after the date on the Notice of Appointment letter. Upon receipt of the Oath by the Secretary of State, the Governor will issue the Commission to Office.

Once you have been appointed to the office of Notary Public Special Commission, you should use the following signature format:

"I, ______________________, a Kentucky Notary Public Special Commission, for acts performed in or outside Kentucky for recordation in Kentucky; my commission expires: ______________________."

Additional Information

Answers to frequently asked questions regarding notaries are provided on this website.

For more information about notaries, please contact the Notaries Branch of the Office of the Secretary of State:

  • phone: (502) 564-3490
  • fax: (502) 564-5687
  • email
  • mail to: Office of the Secretary of State
                Notary Branch
                P.O. Box 821
                700 Capital Ave., Ste. 158
                Frankfort, KY 40601

The Office of the Secretary of State is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST.

Guidance for Notaries

For more information regarding notaries, review the Kentucky Notary Public Handbook, Notary Guidelines, KRS Chapter 423 (Notaries) and KRS Chapter 62 (Oaths, Bonds and Penalties).