Purpose of A Notary Public
The purpose is to prevent fraud and forgery. The notary acts as an official, unbiased witness to the identity of the person who signs a document (Minnesota Statutes 359). A Minnesota notary public has 6 major duties:
- Take acknowledgments
- Administer oaths and affirmations
- Take and certify all depositions
- Witness or attest a signature
- Take and certify all acknowledgments and instruments in writing
- Record notarial protests
New Appointment or Re-Appoint Expired Commission
New notary commission applications can be picked up in our office or accessed online at the link below. There is a fee of $120 to the State of Minnesota at the time of application.
Meeker County residents are required to file their notary commission in our office. After you make application to the State of Minnesota, bring your notary card in and record your signature in the Notary Commission Record with a fee of $20.
Renewals are conducted during a 2-month period, from December 1 to January 31 in the year of your notary expiration.
Renewal applications can be done online. Visit Minnesota Secretary of State website and see the side bar labelled "Notary Login."
Meeker County residents are required to file their notary commission renewal at our office. After you make your application to the State of Minnesota, bring your notary card to the Treasurer's Office and record your signature in the Notary Commission Record with a fee of $20.
Name or Address Changes
Change of name or address should be done online within 30 days of the change. You will need to re-sign with your new name in the Notary Commission Record book if you are still living in Meeker County. There is no fee to resign with your new name. If you moved to a different county you need to file in the county of residence and the $20 fee will be required at that county.