Who can become a notary?

The following requirements must be met:

  • Must be eighteen (18) years old or older;
  • Must be of good moral character;
  • Must be capable of discharging duties imposed by law;
  • Must NOT be a convicted felon.

How can I become a notary?

  • An Application for Appointment for Notary State at Large must be completed and signed by the applicant.
  • The application must also be signed by a Circuit Judge, Circuit Clerk, County Judge/Executive, County Clerk, Magistrate, or Member of the General Assembly of the county where the applicant applies. You may pick up the form at the County Clerk’s office and obtain a signature at the same time.
  • The applicant must apply in either the county of residence or the county of primary employment. (This includes people who live in another state but work in a Kentucky county).
  • The application should be mailed to Notary Commissions, PO Box 821, Frankfort, KY 40602-0821. Include a check or money order for $10.00 made payable to Kentucky State Treasurer.
  • If approved, the applicant will be notified by mail that a “Certificate of Appointment” has been mailed to the county clerk’s office. The notice will indicate a thirty (30) day time period for the applicant to go to the county clerk’s office. Please call our office to verify that we have received the Certificate of Appointment before coming in 859.824.3321 option 2.
  • The applicant must come into the county clerk’s office to be sworn in.  The notary must provide government issued ID.  There is a $19.00 recording fee ($10.00 for recording the bond, $4.00 for taking/preparing the bond, and $5.00 for administering the oath. KRS 64.012).
  • A surety bond in the amount of $1000.00 is required. Bond may be posted one of two ways:
  1. A Grant County property owner may sign as surety. Government issued ID is required to post bond in front of county clerk. Anyone who owns property in Grant County is permitted to sign the bond but the notary is NOT on permitted to be on the deed of the property
  2. An insurance company may sign as surety. (Check with the insurance agency of your choice to request notary bond information.)