Virginia notary information
Contact Information

Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
P.O. Box 1795
Richmond, Virginia 23218-1795


Appointment and Commissioning

Qualifications for appointment
To be qualified to be commissioned as a notary in the Commonwealth, each such person (i) shall
be at least 18 years of age, (ii) shall be a legal resident of the United States, (iii) shall be able to
read and write the English language, (iv) shall never have been convicted of a felony under the
laws of the United States, the Commonwealth, or any other state, unless such person has been
pardoned for such felony, has had his conviction vacated by the granting of a writ of actual
innocence, or has had his rights restored, and (v) shall otherwise be in compliance with the
provisions of this title. A nonresident of Virginia may register and be commissioned as a notary
only if he is regularly employed in the Commonwealth and meets all of the requirements of this
section. A member of the armed services of the United States shall be eligible to register and be
commissioned as a notary notwithstanding the provisions of § 2.2-2800.