Notary

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

Qualifications

You must:

How to file

In-person

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

Mail-in

If you have an old notary public commission certificate (sample PDF), print and use this Certificate of filing notary commission (PDF) form.

If you have a new notary public commission certificate (sample PDF), print and use this Certificate of filing notary commission (PDF) form.

  • Place your notary public commission card face up in the designated area on the form (old commission placement sample PDF or new commission placement sample PDF
  • Make a copy of the form with your card on it
  • Sign the form (in front of notary) in the designated locations twice
    • Signature matching name on Notary commission certificate
    • Customary (normal/usual) signature
  • Have your signatures on the Notary commission filing form notarized
  • 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

Fee

  • $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

Fee

Notary certificate

A notary certificate authenticates and validates a notary public's signature. It 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 notary certificate 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.

Fee

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