Pennsylvania notary information
Contact Information

Pennsylvania Department of State
Bureau of Notaries, Commissions & Legislation
201 North Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120


Appointment and Commissioning

An applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements for appointment as a notary public:

Be at least 18 years old
Be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States
Be a resident of or have a place of employment or practice in this Commonwealth
Be able to read and write English
Not be disqualified to receive a commission because of character, criminal convictions or prior sanctions
Education – All applicants for both initial appointment and reappointment as a notary public must complete at least three hours of approved notary education within the six months immediately preceding the application for appointment or reappointment
Examination – All applicants for a commission as a notary public who do not hold a current and unexpired commission in this Commonwealth must pass an examination administered by the Department’s examination vendor Pearson VUE