Montgomery County, Alabama, Probate Judge, Notary Public

Notary Application

APPLICATION FOR APPOINTMENT AS NOTARY PUBLIC STATE AT LARGE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS TO THE JUDGE OF PROBATE: 1. Completed Application Below 2. $24.00 Filing Fee – We accept cash, money order and checks. Checks must have the following: name, address (no P.O. Boxes), home telephone # (including area code), second telephone # (including area code), and driver’s license (include State). 3. $25,000.00 Bond From Insurance Company. Please sign and have bond notarized before submitting it to the Montgomery County Probate Office for recording. I HEREBY MAKE APPLICATION FOR APPOINTMENT AS NOTARY PUBLIC: Check One: This is a new application. This is a renewal application. My current commission expires: _______________________________________________ Name of Applicant: __________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ Contact telephone number(s):___________________________________and/or_________________________________ THIS SECTION MUST BE COMPLETED AND VOTER REGISTRATION MUST BE UP TO DATE. (If you have any questions concerning voter registration records, please call Voter Registration at 832-1215.) I am a registered voter of ______________________________________________ County, Alabama. Name as it appears on voter registration records is as follows: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Age: ___________ Birthdate: _____________________________ Last 4 digits of SS# _____________________________ Precinct Number: __________________ Voting Place: _______________________________________________________ SIGNATURE: __________________________________________________________________________________________________ PRINTED NAME: ______________________________________________________________________________________________ DATE: _____________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ DEPARTMENT USE ONLY RECEIVED DATE: __________________________ LOGGED IN: __________________________ VOTER REC. CHECKED: __________________________ NAME TO BE SHOWN ON CERTIFICATE LOGGED OUT: __________________________ ____________________________________________________ APPROVED DATE: __________________________ COMMISSION DATE:_____________________________

Definition of a NOTARY PUBLIC

A Notary Public is a public officer whose function is: 

1. To administer oaths; and

2. To attest and certify, by his signature and official seal, certain classes of documents, in order to give them credit and authenticity; and

3. To take acknowledgments of deeds and other conveyances and certify the same; and

4. To perform certain official acts, chiefly in commercial matters, such as the protesting of notes and bills, the notice of foreign drafts, and marine protests in cases of damage.



    1.    State-at-large; may perform duties of the office State-wide;


    1.    Must be a resident of Montgomery County; and
    2.    Must be capable of posting bond in the required amount.


  1. Complete notary public application;
  2. Submit notary bond for $25,000 from an insurance company; Please have your notary bond notarized before bringing it to the Probate Office for recording. 
  3. Submit $24.00 filing fee payable to Judge of Probate;
  4. Judge of Probate will mail approved certification to applicant within three weeks;
  5. Notary seal is obtained from office supply company.


  1. Complete notary public application;
  2. Submit official letter from Department of Finance, confirming your coverage under the State Of Alabama Bond issued by the Risk Management Division.  The bond number must be identified on the request. Faxed documents are not  accepted;
  3. Submit $24.00 filing fee payable to Judge of Probate;
  4. Judge of Probate will mail approved certification to applicant within three weeks;
  5. Notary seal is obtained from office supply company.

    ADDITIONAL NOTARY INFORMATION The office of a Notary Public is a serious and responsible public office and should not be taken lightly.  Abuse of the office or irresponsibility in the performance of notarial duties can result in grave consequences.  If a Notary Public has doubts about the propriety of any action, he or she should seek competent professional advice before he or she acts.

You may access Notary information in the Code of Alabama (Section 36-20-1) from the State Legislature:


Mailing Address

Steven L. Reed
Judge of Probate
Notary Department
P. O. Box 223
Montgomery, Al.  36101

Physical Address

Courthouse Annex III – Basement
Probate Recording Division
101 South Lawrence Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104

Entrance is located at the corner of Washington and Lawrence Streets
(334) 832-7174

Notaries Public

Appointment and Commissioning

Notaries in the State of Alabama are appointed and commissioned by the probate judges of the various counties. The probate judge reports to the Secretary of State the name, county, date of issuance and date of expiration of the commission of each notary appointed and commissioned under applicable law.

For information on being appointed a notary public, please contact the probate judge for your county. Click here to obtain contact information for him or her.

Please note that the Secretary of State does not appoint or commission notaries.However, the records filed with this office regarding the appointment and commissioning of notaries are a matter of public record and are available for review by the general public. You can browse the list of commissioned notaries by viewing our government records.

Duties and Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of notaries are spelled out in the Code of Alabama. You may viewAct 2011-295 online. It is the newest legislation regarding notaries public.

For more information on any Alabama Attorney General’s opinions concerning notary law, please visit the Opinions Search page of that website.

Authentication of Notarial Signature and Seal

Information on authentication of the signature and seal of a notary public is available by clickinghere.

For additional information, contact:
Stephanie Vaught
Phone: (334) 353-2171
or send email




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