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Maine Notary Public FAQ


How do I become a Maine Notary Public? Here is some helpful information:

Requirements to become a Maine Notary Public:

- 18 Years or older
- Must be a resident of the state of Maine
- Must demonstrate proficiency in the English language
- Must be recommended for the commission by a registered Maine voter who can attest to the applicant's ability to perform the duties required of a Notary Public
- The Municipal Clerk or Registrar of Voters of the applicant's municipality must also verify the applicant’s residency by signing and sealing the application form
- If the applicant has been convicted of a crime for which imprisonment may be a penalty, the applicant is ineligible for appointment for the following reasons: awaiting sentencing, free pending the appeal of the conviction, incarcerated or under probation or parole
- Conviction of certain crimes involving dishonesty renders a person ineligible for 10 years following release, the termination of probation or if the applicant was not incarcerated, after the date of the conviction
- if the applicant has been or is now currently a Notary Public in another state or jurisdiction and the applicant’s commission has been suspended or revoked for official misconduct during the 5 year period preceding the date of application, the applicant is not eligible for appointment.
- A resident of New Hampshire can apply for a Maine Notary Public commission. The New Hampshire resident must be regularly employed or carry on a trade or business in Maine in order to be commissioned as a Notary Public in Maine

How to become a Notary Public in Maine:

1) Make an application online at the Sec. of State’s website: ttp://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/notary/notaries.html
2) Complete the application and send along with the $50.00 fee to the Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions, Notary Public Section
3) The applicant must first qualify by swearing an oath of office before a Dedimus Justice
4) Upon appointment, each appointee will receive a Certificate of Qualification (oath of office form)
5) The applicant must take the oath of office before a Dedimus Justice within 30 days of the date of the applicant's appointment. After administering the oath of office, the Dedimus Justice will complete the Certificate of Qualification
6) The applicant must then return the completed Certificate of Qualification to the Department of the Secretary of State within 45 days of the date of the applicant's appointment
7) Purchase your Maine Notary Supplies

How long is my Notary Term in Maine

- Maine notaries are commissioned for 7 years

Which Notary Supplies are required to be a Maine Notary Public

- A Maine notary stamp is not required but recommended
- A Maine notary seal is permitted but not required. A seal impression inker may be purchased to darken the notary embosser impression
- Maine notaries are not required to keep a record book, however it is recommended
- Maine notaries are permitted to perform Marriages. Anchor Stamp offers Marriage Kits designed for this honor: that item can be found here: https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/marriage-kit
- However, a Notary Public shall make and keep a record of every marriage performed (see 19-A MRSA Section 65
4) . Additionally, the Notary Public must keep a log of petitions for which they administered the circulator’s oath, listing the title of the petition, the name of the circulator taking the oath, the date of the oath and the number of petition forms signed and verified by the circulator that day. (see 21-A, section 90

Maine Notary Website https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/notary/notaries.html

To return to the Maine Notary Supply Page, click here: https://www.anchorstamp.com/category/notary-public-supplies-maine

How to Order Affordable Notary Supplies for Maine

One of the best ways to save money on ME Notary Stamps & ME Notary Seals is to purchase Notary kits also known as Notary Bundles or Notary Packages. These notary kits are arranged with the most commonly ordered, Maine State-Approved Notary Products, packaged together and then discounted. These discounted Maine Notary Kits can be found here, https://www.anchorstamp.com/category/maine-notary-supplies-package-kit In this article we will examine each Maine notary kit and the products they contain.

The cheapest Notary Supply option for Maine notaries is the Basic Notary Kit for Maine, found here at our Maine Notary Store: https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/notary-supplies-maine This ME Notary Package includes: The Self-Inking Maine Notary Expiration Stamp, Maine Notary Seal, and a Notary Record Book. The purpose of this notary kit is to create the lowest-cost option for Maine notaries while maintaining the minimum required items to notarize properly. If you think you may not notarize very often and you’re looking to keep your costs down, this is the notary package for you.

The Notary Supply option with best value is the Value Notary Kit for Maine, found here at our Maine Notary Store: https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/notary-supplies-maine-package-2 This ME Notary Package includes: The Self-Inking Maine Notary Expiration Stamp, Maine Notary Seal, Notary Record Book, Notary affidavit stamp, and a Large Notary Zippered Supply Bag. This notary kit includes all the items of the ME Notary Basic Kit with two additions, the notary affidavit stamp, and the Large Notary Supply Bag. The Notary affidavit stamp is a very useful item as it documents the date of a swearing of an oath. The Large Notary Supply Bag is a sturdy supply bag that holds all the items of the Maine Notary Value Kit and makes it easy for the notary to organize all their notary supplies. The Large supply bag measures 10 inches high x 14 inches wide and allows the notary to use a combination lock (sold separately) for extra security. The notary combination lock can be found here: https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/Combination-Lock-for-Notary-Supplies-Bag 

The Highest Quality Maine Notary kit is the Deluxe Notary Kit for Maine, found here at our Maine Notary Store: https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/Maine-notary-supplies-seal-stamp-package-3 This ME Notary Package includes: The Pre-Inked Maine Notary Expiration Stamp, Maine Notary Seal, Notary Record Book, Pre-Inked Notary affidavit stamp, Large Notary Supply Bag, and a Deluxe Leatherette Notary Seal Pouch.  This notary kit has the highest quality notary stamps that simply kiss the paper when stamping. These Max-Light notary stamps by Trodat feature an oil-based ink which is much less likely to dry. For the notary that wants the best and expects to use the notary supplies a lot, this is the notary kit for you!

We hope this article has helped you decide which Maine Notary Kits to order. All our ME Notary supplies include many notary stamp variations with multiple notary stamp colors and notary seal upgrades. As always you can purchase your Maine Notary Supplies here: https://www.anchorstamp.com/category/notary-public-supplies-maine  Anchorstamp.com proudly ships Maine notary orders the next business day, includes a free notary pen, and offers free shipping on notary orders of $50.00 or more.

Which Maine Notary stamp should I purchase?

When you purchase your ME Notary Stamp it’s important to know your options. AnchorStamp.com offers a wide variety of Notary Stamps for Maine. The first thing a notary needs to know is that the ME notary stamps are made in accordance with Maine notary guidelines. A Maine notary will then want to know how much do Maine notary stamps cost? At Anchor Stamp, we offer ME notary stamps for all budgets, beginning with a Wood-handle notary stamp to self-inking ME notary stamps, to the highest quality, Pre-Inked ME notary stamps. Anchor Stamp offers Shiny and Trodat brands which reflect our commitment to creating quality Maine notary stamps. Need your notary stamp in a hurry? No worries, Anchor Stamp ships Maine Notary Supply orders the next business day and offers free shipping on notary orders of $50.00 or more. You can purchase your Maine notary stamps right here at our Maine notary store: https://www.anchorstamp.com/category/maine-notary-public-stamp-supplies

Let’s look at some of ME notary stamps in detail.

1) The highest quality Maine notary stamps are the Maine Pre-Inked notary stamps. This Maine notary stamp product line uses the Max-Light brand by Trodat. The Max-Lights by Trodat feature a superior oil-based ink, a smooth stamping mechanism and a protective cover. Pre-Inked ME notary stamps can be re-inked, just be sure to use the proper Pre-Ink refill ink.

The most attractive ME notary stamp is the Maine Notary Pre-Inked Shield Stamp found here: https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/maine-notary-pre-inked-shield-stamp This notary product features the Maine state emblem with a stylish border and all the required custom notary information.

The most popular Maine Pre-Inked notary stamp is the Pre-Inked ME notary expiration stamp, found here https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/notary-stamp-maine-pre-inked This compact notary stamp includes a standard border to properly frame the state-approved notary information. This ME notary stamp makes a sharp, crisp notary stamp impression every time. The Pre-Inked ME notary stamp is also available in a popular pink frame.

The Pre-Inked ME Round notary stamp is the highest quality round stamp on the market today. This ME notary stamp is used where a photographically reproducible notary impression is needed. Some other applications include scanning, copying and faxing notary documents that a notary embossed image may not apply. We also find that some notaries with arthritis or other disabilities find this Maine round notary stamp to be easier to use than squeezing a Maine notary seal. This quality ME notary stamp can be purchased at our ME notary store here: https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/maine-notary-pre-inked-round-stamp . We also have a Maine Round Notary Stamp that includes the expiration date, found here: https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/maine-notary-pre-inked-round-stamp-b

Anchorstamp.com also offers Maine notaries useful Pre-Inked notary stamps such as the Pre-Inked notary affidavit stamp, found here https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/maine-notary-pre-inked-affidavit-stamp, the Pre-Inked Notary Acknowledgement stamp, found here https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/notary-acknowledgement-stamp- , the Pre-Inked Notary Jurat Stamp, found here  https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/notary-jurat-stamp , and the Pre-Inked Notary Certified True Copy stamp, found here https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/certified-true-copy-stamp .

2) Our next high-quality line of Maine notary stamps are Self-Inking notary stamps using the Shiny brand. The Maine Self-inking notary stamps by Shiny feature a high-quality stamp that is also re-inkable. Another very popular notary stamp is the Self-Inking Maine notary expiration stamp. These notary stamps include the state-approved ME notary stamp format with a standard border and the notary’s name and expiration date. This notary product also features various stamp frame colors including Black, Pink, USA Flag, Blue, Red and Lilac. You can purchase this quality ME notary stamp here https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/maine-notary-stamp-self-inking   

Anchorstamp.com offers another quality ME notary stamp, the Self-Inking Round Maine Notary Stamp https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/maine-notary-self-inking-round-stamp-b This high-quality ME Round notary stamp includes a cover that products the notary die from dust and debris. Anchor Stamp offers the stamp frame available in Black, Red, Pink, and Blue.

Anchor Stamp also offers high-quality, useful Self-Inking Notary affidavit stamps, Self-Inking Acknowledgement Stamps and Self-Inking Jurat stamps on our Maine notary stamp supply page https://www.anchorstamp.com/category/maine-notary-public-stamp-supplies  

3) The remaining line of ME notary stamps are the Traditional wood-handle notary stamps, the Maine notary traditional expiration stamp https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/maine-notary-rubber-stamp and notary affidavit stamp https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/notary-traditional-affidavit-stamp . This is the least expensive, traditional, wood handle notary stamp. This product must be used with a notary stamp pad, sold separately.

We hope this informative article has helped you purchase your ME notary stamps. All Maine notary supplies can be purchased here on our Maine notary store,  https://www.anchorstamp.com/category/notary-public-supplies-maine Anchorstamp.com proudly ships Maine notary orders the next business day, includes a free notary pen, and offers free shipping on notary orders of $50.00 or more.

Which Maine notary seal should I purchase?

Experienced Maine notaries know that there is nothing quite like a raised or embossed notary impression. Many clients will expect to see the raised notary seal as it makes them feel like the transaction is authentic and official. In some cases where documents go out of state, a notary seal is required. When notarizing in Maine, we recommend purchasing an Maine notary seal. Anchorstamp.com offers ME notary seals in most of our ME notary kits. It is important to purchase your Maine notary seal from a company like Anchorstamp.com that manufacturers the seals on site. This will ensure quality and reduce the cost and delivery time of these important notary tools. Anchor Stamp uses the Shiny brand to create our line of quality Maine notary embossers. Our Maine notary seals are made of steel and built to last. Each Maine notary embosser is engraved with pride and tested to meet the highest quality standards. All our Maine notary seals can be purchased right here on our Maine notary Store https://www.anchorstamp.com/category/notary-seal-maine

Anchor Stamp offers three kinds of Maine notary seals. The first, and most popular is the ME notary pocket seal https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/notary-seal-maine-pocket AnchorStamp.com also offers a Maine pocket seal including the expiration date, found here: https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/maine-notary-seal-pocket-style-b The pocket seal is named so as it could fit right in your pocket and is preferred by notaries on the go. All our notary pocket seals include a free vinyl storage pouch. Anchorstamp.com offers a wide variety of notary seal upgrades and various color options including Black, Pink, Blue, and Red.

The next Maine notary seal option is the Maine notary desk seal https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/notary-seal-maine-dek This notary desk seal features four rubber gripped feet for the seal to rest on top of your desk without slipping. The Maine notary desk seal is great for higher volume embossing and made for the notary to leverage weight as they seal.

The finest Maine notary seal is the Maine Notary Designer Desk Seal https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/maine-notary-designer-desk-seal. The Maine Designer notary desk seal is the most attractive and distinguished looking item a Maine notary can purchase. This revolutionary design is tested and proven to reduce pressure by 30%. The steel-frame construction makes this Maine notary embosser built to stand the test of time. Anchorstamp.com offers this beautiful seal in Black, Silver, and Gold.

We hope this article about Maine notary seals has helped you purchase your ME notary seals. All Maine notary supplies can be purchased here on our Maine notary store, https://www.anchorstamp.com/category/notary-public-supplies-maine Anchorstamp.com proudly ships Maine notary orders the next business day, includes a free notary pen, and offers free shipping on notary orders of $50.00 or more.