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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.

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 submit it online, or mail 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.

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  Notary Guidelines.