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Maryland Notary Public FAQ


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

Requirements to become a Maryland Notary Public:

- 18 Years or older
- Must be known to have good moral character, integrity, and abilities
- Must be a resident of the state of Maryland or be employed in Maryland

How to become a Notary Public in Maryland:

1) Order the Handbook and review it: https://sos.maryland.gov/Documents/SOSOrderForm.pdf
2) Complete a course of study AND pass an examination to become a notary public
3) Upon successful completion of the notary public course of study (for new applicants), the notary will receive a certificate of completion. Notaries must submit an electronic copy of this certificate as part of the online notary application
4) Complete your new online notary application at https://www.egov.maryland.gov/sos/notary/#/home
5) Find the legislative district number & the name of your Senator ! Use the look-up link provided by the Maryland General Assembly
6) Complete your new online notary application https://www.egov.maryland.gov/sos/notary/#/home
7) Upon completion and payment, you will receive an email from the online registration vendor confirming completion of the application and payment
8) The Secretary of State will receive your notary application the next business day. Your application will be reviewed for completion and to ensure you provided your valid home address
9) A background check will be conducted to ensure you disclosed any criminal convictions and civil judgments entered against you (civil judgment defined in the definitions Part XIII of the Notary Handbook). If you did not accurately report information about your criminal record on your application, the application will be denied. If your State Senator has delegated their authority to approve your application to the Secretary of State, we will email your references for feedback directly. References must respond before we proceed. If your State Senator makes the determination about your application, they will review your application and may contact your references by mail, phone, and/or email
10) Determination to approve or deny your application is made by your State Senator or the Secretary of State (if your State Senator has delegated authority to the Secretary of State)
11) If approved, you will be notified via email of your approval. That email notification will instruct you to appear at the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the county in which you will be commissioned. Read the attachment for specific instructions to obtain your commission from the Clerk of the Court
12) After receiving notification, you must appear before the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the county in which you are commissioned to take the oath of office within 30 days of the date you were notified. Failure to appear within 30 days will result in revocation of your commission
13) Clerk of the Court’s Fee: Be prepared to pay the Clerk of the Court $10.00 for the commission and $1.00 registration fee. This is separate from your notary application fee paid to the Secretary of State
14) If you do not appear before the Clerk of the Circuit Court and take your oath of office within the 30 days, your commission will be revoked. If your commission is revoked because you did not appear within 30 days, you must reapply by submitting a new application, and pay another application fee
15) The Clerk of the Circuit Court will provide your notary commission after you are sworn in. After you are sworn in and you have received your commission, you are an official Notary Public for the State of Maryland
16) Order your Maryland Notary Supplies

How long is my Notary Term in Maryland

- Maryland notaries are commissioned for 4 years

Which Notary Supplies are required to be a Maryland Notary Public

- A Maryland notary stamp or notary seal is required
- A Maryland notary seal is permitted but not required. A seal impression inker may be purchased to darken the notary embosser impression
- Maryland notaries are required to keep a record book and document notary transactions

Maryland Notary Website https://sos.maryland.gov/Notary/Pages/default.aspx

To return to the Maryland Notary Supply Page, click here: https://www.anchorstamp.com/category/notary-supplies-maryland-md

How to Order Affordable Notary Supplies for Maryland

One of the best ways to save money on MD Notary Stamps & MD 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, Maryland State-Approved Notary Products, packaged together and then discounted. These discounted Maryland Notary Kits can be found here, https://www.anchorstamp.com/category/maryland-notary-supplies-package-kit In this article we will examine each Maryland notary kit and the products they contain.

The cheapest Notary Supply option for Maryland notaries is the Basic Notary Kit for Maryland, found here at our Maryland Notary Store: https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/notary-supplies-seal-stamp-maryland-package-1 This Maryland Notary Package includes: The Self-Inking Maryland Notary Expiration Stamp, Maryland Notary Seal, and a Notary Record Book. The purpose of this notary kit is to create the lowest-cost option for Maryland 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 Maryland, found here at our Maryland Notary Store: https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/maryland-notary-supplies-seal-stamp-package-2  This MD Notary Package includes: The Self-Inking Maryland Notary Expiration Stamp, Maryland Notary Seal, Notary Record Book, Notary affidavit stamp, and a Large Notary Zippered Supply Bag. This notary kit includes all the items of the MD 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 Maryland 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 Maryland Notary kit is the Deluxe Notary Kit for Maryland, found here at our Maryland Notary Store: https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/Maryland-notary-supplies-seal-stamp-package-3  This MD Notary Package includes: The Pre-Inked Maryland Notary Expiration Stamp, Maryland 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 Maryland Notary Kits to order. All our MD Notary supplies include many notary stamp variations with multiple notary stamp colors and notary seal upgrades. As always you can purchase your Maryland Notary Supplies here: https://www.anchorstamp.com/category/notary-supplies-maryland-md    Anchorstamp.com proudly ships Maryland notary orders the next business day, includes a free notary pen, and offers free shipping on notary orders of $50.00 or more.

Which Maryland Notary stamp should I purchase?

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

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

1) The highest quality Maryland notary stamps are the Maryland Pre-Inked notary stamps. This Maryland 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 MD notary stamps can be re-inked, just be sure to use the proper Pre-Ink refill ink.

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

The Pre-Inked MD Round notary stamp is the highest quality round stamp on the market today. This MD 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 Maryland round notary stamp to be easier to use than squeezing a Maryland notary seal. This quality MD notary stamp can be purchased at our MD notary store here: https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/maryland-notary-stamp-pre-inked-round. We also have a Maryland Round Notary Stamp that includes the expiration date, found here: https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/maryland-notary-stamp-pre-inked-round-(2)  

Anchorstamp.com also offers Maryland notaries useful Pre-Inked notary stamps such as the Pre-Inked notary affidavit stamp, found here https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/maryland-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 Maryland notary stamps are Self-Inking notary stamps using the Shiny brand. The Maryland 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 Maryland notary expiration stamp. These notary stamps include the state-approved MD 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 MD notary stamp here https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/notary-stamp-maryland    

Anchorstamp.com offers another quality MD notary stamp, the Self-Inking Round Maryland Notary Stamp https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/maine-notary-self-inking-round-stamp-b This high-quality MD 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 Maryland notary stamp supply page https://www.anchorstamp.com/category/notary-stamps-maryland   

3) The remaining line of MD notary stamps are the Traditional wood-handle notary stamps, the Maryland notary traditional expiration stamp https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/maryland-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 MD notary stamps. All Maryland notary supplies can be purchased here on our Maryland notary store,  https://www.anchorstamp.com/category/notary-supplies-maryland-md Anchorstamp.com proudly ships Maryland notary orders the next business day, includes a free notary pen, and offers free shipping on notary orders of $50.00 or more.

Which Maryland notary seal should I purchase?

Experienced Maryland 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 Maryland, we recommend purchasing an Maryland notary seal. Anchorstamp.com offers MD notary seals in most of our MD notary kits. It is important to purchase your Maryland 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 Maryland notary embossers. Our Maryland notary seals are made of steel and built to last. Each Maryland notary embosser is engraved with pride and tested to meet the highest quality standards. All our Maryland notary seals can be purchased right here on our Maryland notary Store https://www.anchorstamp.com/category/notary-seal-maryland  

Anchor Stamp offers three kinds of Maryland notary seals. The first, and most popular is the MD notary pocket seal https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/notary-seal-maryland-pocket  also offers a Maryland pocket seal including the expiration date, found here: https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/maryland-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 Maryland notary seal option is the Maryland notary desk seal https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/notary-seal-maryland-desk This notary desk seal features four rubber gripped feet for the seal to rest on top of your desk without slipping. The Maryland notary desk seal is great for higher volume embossing and made for the notary to leverage weight as they seal.

The finest Maryland notary seal is the Maryland Notary Designer Desk Seal https://www.anchorstamp.com/products/maryland-notary-designer-desk-seal. The Maryland 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 Maryland 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 Maryland notary seals has helped you purchase your MD notary seals. All Maryland notary supplies can be purchased here on our Maryland notary store, https://www.anchorstamp.com/category/notary-supplies-maryland-mdAnchorstamp.com proudly ships Maryland notary orders the next business day, includes a free notary pen, and offers free shipping on notary orders of $50.00 or more.