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Frequently Asked Questions
The filing fee to renew your notary public commission is $50.00.
You will be required to enter your first and last name (exactly as recorded in our records), your date of birth, and commission expiration date. You will be required to pay with a valid credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover) and you will be required to provide a valid email address (you will receive an email confirmation). Additionally, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader and a printer for printing your renewal application and oath form.
You can still renew online as long as your commission has not been expired more than 90 days. If you renew within 20 days from the date of your expiration, you can keep your original month and day for your new expiration year. However, if your commission has been expired more than 21 days, you will receive a new month and day for your new expiration date year.
You can renew your commission 45 days prior to your expiration date.
Your email address will be used by the Secretary of State to communicate with you about your notary commission so it is imperative that this email address is kept current. Additionally, please note that the home and business telephone numbers you provide will be displayed on the public online Notary Search service. Your other contact information is not displayed online but is considered public information.
To complete the renewal process, you will be required to print documentation relating to your renewal. This documentation includes the application for renewal (your examination questions and responses and residency verification), notice providing information about your new commission and your Oath of Office form. As you did when you initially applied for Notary Public Commission, you will need to appear before a Notary Public to have your renewal application notarized and have your municipal clerk or registrar of voters verify your residency in Maine. You must also appear before a Dedimus Justice to take your oath of office. Once you have had your renewal application notarized, your residency verified and you have taken your oath, this material must be returned to the Secretary of State to complete the renewal process.
Questions about this Service? Contact the Bureau at: (207) 624-7752 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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