To notarize in Hennepin County, you must first apply for a notary with the Minnesota Secretary of State, and then file your commission at a Hennepin County service center.

Find information here about:

  • Filing your notary commission so you can notarize in Hennepin County
  • Getting a document notarized
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File your commission


You must:

How to file


Bring either the blue notary commission card you received or the version you printed out, the fee, and identification to any Hennepin County service center.


Make a copy (Notary commission portion only — don't include the instructions) of the blue notary commission card or the version you printed.

  • Add two signature lines on the copy. Sample (PDF)
    • Your normal/usual signature
    • Your full name as listed on the commission
  • Have your signature on the copy notarized by someone other than you
  • Include a self-addressed stamped #10 envelope for the return OR an additional $1.50 handling fee
  • Mail your original copy with signatures and check to:

Director of Licensing – Vital Records
Hennepin County Government Center
300 South 6th Street Suite A-025
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0026


  • $20.00 (Additional $1.50 if you don't include a self-addressed stamped #10 envelope)
  • Payment options

Additional information

  • You must register and file your commission in your county-of-residence.
  • When notarizing, your signature must be consistent with the one on file in Hennepin County.
  • Request a commission card or login and print your certificate on the Minnesota Secretary of State Notary Public website.

Get a document notarized

Getting a document notarized authenticates the signature of the person(s) signing the document. It does not guarantee the contents of the document.

We can't notarize a signature on a "Last will and testament" document.

What do I need to know?

The person(s) whose signature is being notarized must:

  • Not sign documents ahead of time
  • Present a current photo ID (valid driver's license or state ID, etc.)
  • Sign the document in front of the notary public


Certificate of jurat

A jurat is a certificate that authenticates a notary public's signature and validation. A jurat is not the same as an apostile or secretarial certificate which are available through the Minnesota Secretary of State.

What do I need to know?

  • A jurat can only be issued if the notary commission filing was done in Hennepin County.
  • You must present the document needing verification at the time of your request.


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