Notary Public Commissions
The County Clerk’s office presents all Notaries Public with their commissions and certificates. These commissions are issued by the Illinois Secretary of State. The purpose of notarization is to prevent fraud and forgery. The notary acts as an official and unbiased witness to the identity of person who comes before the notary for a specific purpose. If you need to have documents notarized, bring an approved photo ID when you appear before the notary.
Notary Public Requirements
Notaries are appointed by the Illinois Secretary of State for a term of four years. An applicant for an appointment must:
Be a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence.
Be a resident of the State of Illinois for at least 30 days.
Be at least 18 years of age.
Be able to read and write the English language.
Have not been convicted of a felony.
Have not had a notary commission revoked during the past 10 years.
An applicant must complete the application form provided by the Secretary of State or the County Clerk and must obtain a notary bond valued at $5000 from a bonding or surety company.
Once approved the commission will be mailed to the County Clerk in which the applicant resides. There it must be recorded before the applicant is officially a notary.
For further information on becoming a notary download the Illinois Notary Public Handbook.
To become a notary, download the Illinois Notary Public Application and mail it to the Secretary of State’s office at the address provided. Remember to include bonding information and enclose the $10 fee. If you application is accepted, you will be notified by the County Clerk’s office.
Finding a Notary Public
There are over 100 Notary Publics in Franklin County. The County Clerk and staff offer notary services free of charge. Most banks, law offices, schools and other professional offices have a Notary Public on staff.