Oregon notary information
Contact Information

Secretary of State Corporation Division
Attn: Notary Section
255 Capitol Street NE, Suite 151
Salem, OR 97310-1327


Appointment and Commissioning

To be a notary public in Oregon, you must meet certain qualifications at the time of application:​

18 years of age or older.
Resident of Oregon or have a place of employment or practice in this state.
Able to read and write English.
Never had a notary public commission revoked during the 10-year period preceding the application date.
Completed a notary training course within the last 6 months.
Note: Not required of current Oregon notaries with an active commission at the time the new application is received in our office.
Never convicted of a felony or crime involving fraud, dishonesty or deceit during the 10-year period preceding the application date.
Passed the Secretary of State’s Notary Public examination​.
Not have been convicted of:
Acting as or otherwise impersonating a notary public as described in ORS 194.990;
Obstructing governmental or judicial administration under ORS 162.235 (1)(b); or
Engaging in the unlawful practice of law as described in ORS 9.160.
Not have been found by a court to have:
Practiced law without a license in a suit under ORS 9.166; or
​Engaged in an unlawful trade practice described in ORS 646.608 (1)(vvv)​.