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


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


  • $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.

What do I need to know?

Some documents can't be notarized by us. The following list are examples of documents we can not notarize:

  • Last will and testament
  • I-9 forms
  • Birth, death, marriage certificate

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


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.


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