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Division of Corporations, UCC and Commissions
NOTICE: In observance of Patriot's Day, the Division of Corporations, UCC & Commissions will be closed on Monday, April 21, 2014.
Notary Public is an ancient office dating back before the Roman Empire. American pioneer history is replete with examples of notarial assistance. Among them: the processing of land or mining claims, the authentication of public or private documents, and the reading and writing of general correspondence. Since that time, the official duties and significance of American Notaries Public have expanded considerably, largely through statutes enacted by the states. More than simply a scrivener, the Notary Public of today acts as a liaison between the government and its citizens; facilitating the authorization of numerous important transactions. Today in Maine, the need for notarial services is cited throughout Maine law. Notaries Public have duties and responsibilities that confer upon them the trust and faith of the public. Notaries Public are authorized to perform certain official duties that are critical to those who need them. The primary duty is to formally witness transactions involving paper documents. Maine Notaries like those in Florida and South Carolina, can officiate at wedding ceremonies. Once commissioned as a Notary Public, it is the responsibility of the Notary Public to maintain a level of education appropriate for conducting notarial duties. The Secretary of State encourages Notaries to attend workshops on a yearly basis to remain current and avoid conducting inappropriate or flawed notarizations. Today, Maine and New Hampshire** adult residents can become and function as Maine Notaries Public.
** Only NH residents who are regularly employed or carry on a trade or business in Maine can be commissioned as a Notary Public in Maine
The Secretary of State also has the authority to promulgate administrative rules for certain aspects of the commissioning process. For more information, please review 29-250 CMR Ch. 700, entitled Rules Governing Eligibility and Procedures for Appointment and Renewal of Commissions of Notaries Public.
The applications for Maine and New Hampshire residents seeking appointment as a Maine Notary Public can be downloaded, completed, and mailed to this office. The applications are in an Adobe Acrobat fillable format that can be completed on-screen, printed locally from your computer and mailed this office. The fee for a Notary Public commission is $50.00.
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New Notary Public Commission
Application for appointment as a Maine Notary Public - for Maine residents only (.pdf)
Application for appointment as a Maine Notary Public - for New Hampshire residents only (.pdf)
Renewal of Notary Public Commission
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