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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


If you have an old notary public commission certificate (sample PDF)

If you have a new notary public commission certificate (sample PDF)

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

Processing times

Regular processing

Orders will be processed within 2 - 3 weeks of receipt.

Faster processing

  • Orders will be processed within 3 - 5 business days
  • You must include an additional $20 and write "Expedite" on the envelope

Order status

If it's been over four (4) weeks since you ordered use our Vital records order inquiry form.


  • $20 (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.
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