What are the requirements to become a Wyoming notary public?

To become a Wyoming notary public, a notary applicant must meet the following requirements:     

  1. At least 18 years old
  2. You must be a Wyoming resident and a citizen of the county where the applicant is applying.
  3. Learn to read and write English.
  4. You have not been convicted for a felony unless the conviction was reversed or annulled, and all rights under WS7-13-105(a) restored.

How do you become a Wyoming notary public?

To become a Wyoming notary public and receive a Wyoming notary public commission, a notary applicant must:    

  1. You must meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the previous section.
  2. Sign the form and complete it.Notary Application/Renewal Formula Print it from a computer.
  3. Send the completed application along with a $30 fee (check/money orders) to the Secretary.
  4. Purchase a $500 surety bond after you receive the notification from the Secretary of State.
  5. Within sixty days of the commission’s beginning date, record the oath and bond with your county clerk. The notary will be disqualified if the bond is not submitted in time.
  6. After filing the bond and oath of office with the county clerk’s offices, the county clerk issues the notary public commission from the Secretary of State to the applicant.
  7. After receiving your commission certificate, purchase an official seal/stamp (ink embossed or printed)

Wyoming allows non-residents to become notaries.

No. No. A Montana notary public can perform certain notarial acts within Wyoming. These acts are subject to Wyoming law and have the same effect as if performed by a Wyomingnotary public. Wyoming notaries may be granted similar notarial authority in a contiguous state. Wyoming shares no reciprocity with Montana.

What is the cost of becoming a Wyoming notary?

The Wyoming notary application fee may include a $30 filing fee; (2) a $500 surety bonds; (3) a $14 filing fee for recording the notary’s surety bonds and oaths; (4) an official seal; ((5) a journal, if the notary desires to keep one as recommended by Wyoming Secretary of State); and (6) E&O insurance policies if the notary wants to purchase one for personal protection.

How can I renew my Wyoming notary license?

Re-applications for new commissions in Wyoming may be made six weeks before expiration of current commissions. Notaries public who are applying to be reappointed must use the same procedures they used when first applying for notary public appointment. These include filling out the prescribed application form, submitting a $30 filing fees, and recording a $500 bond with a county clerk. Notaries cannot submit renewal applications for reappointment more than six weeks before the expiration of their current commission. The Secretary of State does not send out renewal reminders/applications notices. Download the following document to begin the renewal commissioning process.Notary Application/Renewal FormulaVisit the website of Secretary of State

Notice:Notary publics who do notarial acts after expiration of their term of office know that the commission term has ended and are subject to a maximum fine of five hundred dollars ($500.00) or a maximum of twenty-five dollars ($25.00). (WS SS32-1–109).

Are there any notary courses or exams that I need to pass to become a Wyoming notary or renew my Wyoming notary commission?

No. No. The Secretary of State provides a free, online “self-help,” test for applicants who are interested in becoming notaries public. It includes correct answers. The Secretary of State does not require applicants to submit their test results along with their notary applications. Go to:http://soswy.state.wy.us/Services/AdditionalNotaryInfo.aspx.

What is the best way to electronically notarize Wyoming?

Yes. Yes. The Wyoming notary statutes require that the principal physically appear in person before the notary public for the execution of the notarial act. The principal and notary must be physically present to communicate with each other and see, hear, and communicate during the performance of the notarial acts. The same rules, regulations, and practices that are applicable to traditional paper notarizations also apply to electronic signed documents, including personal appearances before the notary public. This act also stipulates that an electronic signature is acceptable if it includes the electronic signature of the notary public and all information that must be included in a notarization under any applicable law. The electronic seal of the notary must include all required elements as per the law. The state notary laws that govern the illegal execution of traditional notarial acts by public notaries public also provide the same liability, sanctions, as well as remedies for electronic notarizations. Wyoming has not adopted or adopted any statutes, rules, or procedures for electronic notarizations.

Are remote notarizations possible in Wyoming?

No. No. Wyoming has not adopted or adopted any notary regulations, statutes, or standards for remote online notarizations. Wyoming’s notary statute states that the principal must appear in person before a Wyoming notary public to sign any notarial acts, such as acknowledgment or jurat. The principal and notary public must be physically close to each other in order to communicate and share identification credentials. The Wyoming statutes prohibit web-based platforms from allowing a person to upload copies of their identification online and to use a Webcam to make an appearance before a notary public. Wyoming’s notary statute doesn’t allow a notary public to witness an act via communication technology-live. Two-way, audiovisual transmission or any other electronic means if the person performing the act is not physically present to the notary public. Online webcam notarizations in Wyoming are illegal and invalid.

What is the term for a Wyoming notary public commission?

A Wyoming notary public’s term of office is four years, beginning on the date on the notary commission. A notary’s commission can be canceled by resignation, death, revocation, or when the notary is not a Wyoming resident.

Are you required to have a Wyoming notary certificate in order to be a Wyoming notary?

Yes. Renewing notaries and applicants for notary public positions require a $500 surety bond. The applicant must execute the bond and two sureties must be approved by the county clerk. The condition of the bond is that the notary faithfully performs all notarial acts according to the state statute throughout the four-year term of his or her commission. A surety bond must be filed with the county clerk of the county where the notary is located within 60 days of the effective date for the notary public commission. The county clerk will release the notary public commission to the new applicant or renewing notary after the filing of the bond and oath. A written notice of qualification is sent to the Secretary of state by the county clerk. The Secretary of State must notify the Notary that a surety has cancelled a notary bond. This is to inform the notary that the claimant was injured by negligence or misconduct.

Are I required to have Wyoming notary errors or omissions insurance?

Wyoming does not require an errors and omissions policy. For their protection against liability, the American Association of Notaries strongly suggests that Wyoming notaries purchase errors and omissions coverage. The purpose of errors and omissions insurance protects notaries against liability for notarial errors or omissions that may result in financial loss to the public, or clients who sue a notary public to recover. E&O policies typically cover legal fees and damages depending on what coverage is selected by a Wyoming notary.

Wyoming: Where can I do notarial acts?

A Wyoming notary public is subject to statewide jurisdiction. He or she may perform notarial acts within any county located within the State of Wyoming. If Wyoming grants Montana notaries the same authority, a Wyoming notary public can administer oaths and proofs of acknowledgements in Montana (a contiguous country). A Montana notary can administer an oath in Wyoming. The same effect will apply under Wyoming law as if a Wyomingnotary had performed the notarial act (WS SS32-1105[d]). Both Montana and Wyoming recognize the authority of each other’s notarial officers. Wyoming shares “reciprocity”, but not with Montana.

Who appoints Wyoming’s public notaries?

The Wyoming Secretary of States appoints notaries public and administers the commissioning process. He also maintains an electronic database with active notaries. The following information can be used to contact the Secretary-of-State:

Wyoming Secretary of State

Notary Division

State Capitol Building

200 West 24th Street

Cheyenne, WY82002-0020

(307) 777-53335

http://soswy.state.wy.us/Services/Notaries.aspx

What do I need to buy a Wyoming notary stamp?

Yes. Yes. According to Wyoming’s notary statute, each notary public must use either an embossed or rubber seal to authenticate his or her official acts. Section 32-1-106 of Wyoming Statutes outlines the legal requirements for the layout and information on official stamps and embosser seals.

DimensionsOfficial seals must meet the following requirements: (1) The seal must be circular in shape and no larger than two inches in diameter; (2) It must be rectangular in shape and no larger than three-fourths inch in width and length; (3) A serrated edge border or milled edge border should be used; (4) The seal must be legible and capable to be photographed.

Essential ElementsWhen embossed or stamped, imprinted, or affixed on a document, the official seal must clearly display the following elements:

  • Name of the notary public
  • The words “Notary Public”
  • Name of the county in which the notary is located
  • The word Wyoming
  • Commission expiration date–Optional (WS SS34-26-101[b][xix])

Notice:The notary public must buy a new seal that includes the new county if he or she changes the county in which he or she resides.

Wyoming requires a notary journal.

No. No. In the event that they need to remember the details of a notarization, the Secretary of State suggests that Wyoming notaries keep a record of their official acts in a notebook. The American Association of Notaries recommends that Wyoming notaries keep a permanent, bound journal with numbered pages. This is to protect against claims of fraud and misconduct. Wyoming notaries may find that keeping a notary journal is an important notarial tool in performing their notarial acts. A journal could also be crucial for their protection from liability. Visit the American Association of Notaries website https://publicnotary.services/

What is the maximum Wyoming notary fee for performing notarial acts

Wyoming’s notary fees are determined by the state statute (WSSS34-26-302a). Below is a list of the maximum fees that a Wyoming notary public can charge for notarial services.

  • Take an acknowledgment for $5 per signature
  • For administering an affirmation or oath without a signature, $5 per person
  • For witnessing or attesting signatures – $5
  • For jurats – $5 per signature
  • Certified or Attested copies – $5 per certified page
  • Take a verification under oath, affirmation or oath – $5 per certificate
  • Protest of a negotiable Instrument – $5

Notice:If the notarial officers are traveling to perform notarial acts, they may charge a travel fee.

What notarial acts is a Wyoming notary public allowed to perform?

A Wyoming notary public is authorized to perform the following notarial acts (WS SS34-26-101[b][iii]):

  • Receipt and acknowledgement
  • Affirmation and taking an oath
  • Take a verification under oath or affirmation
  • Jurat
  • Attesting to or witnessing a signature
  • Attesting or certifying a copy
  • Note: Protest of a negotiable Instrument
  • Verifications of facts (WS SS34–26-101[b][xx]).
  • Other acts authorized by this state’s laws

How can I change my Wyoming address for my notary commission?

Wyoming’s notary statute requires that a Wyoming notary public moves from the county where he or she was originally commissioned, in order to obtain a new notary commissioner for the new county. The notary’s commission becomes invalid if the notary moves to another county during their term. The notary public must apply for a new commission, and purchase a new notary stamp with the new county. A notary public may change his or her address or residence within the county in which he or she is commissioned. The Secretary of State can notify the notary and allow him or her to continue performing notarial acts. When a notary applies for a new commission, he or she must include his or her current address. Download the application form to apply for a new notary public commissionNotary Application/Renewal Formula

What do I need to do to update my Wyoming notary commission?

A Wyoming notary public can change his or her name at any time during the term. The notary has three options: (1) Apply for a new commission and pay $30; (2) Continue to operate under the old notary name; (3) File a certified copy the court order, divorce decree or certificate of marriage with the Secretary-State and the County Clerk and pay a $3 fee each to the Secretary and the County Clerk. A notary public can add the new name to the certificate by filing the documents with the Secretary-of-State and the county clerk. This is in addition to the notary’s current last name, as it appears on his or her commission. While the notary public doesn’t need to apply for a new notary seal when performing notarial acts, they must include the new name after their present names. The notary may continue using the same last name as the notary’s commission up to the expiration of the commission (WS SS32-1-102).

Where To Work As a Notary in Wyoming

You can work in many settings as a public notary in Wyoming . Whether you decide to work for a law firm, real estate agency or a government job, there are many options available. You can also work for yourself as a mobile notary.

Where To Find Clients in Wyoming

We work with notaries all over Wyoming to help them find more business and make more money. If you would like to join our notary network, contact us today for more information. We work with notaries in all cities including:

  1. Cheyenne
  2. Casper
  3. Laramie
  4. Gillette
  5. Rock Springs
  6. Sheridan
  7. Evanston
  8. Green River
  9. Jackson
  10. Riverton
  11. Cody
  12. Rawlins
  13. Lander
  14. Torrington
  15. Douglas
  16. Ranchettes
  17. Powell
  18. Worland
  19. Buffalo
  20. Fox Farm-College