A notary public is a public servant appointed by state government to witness the signing of documents and to administer oaths. Notaries public notarize documents to deter fraud and ensure proper execution.
To be eligible for appointment as a notary the following requirements must be met (KRS 423.010):
- Must be 18 years of age.
- Must be a resident of or principally employed in the county from which the application is made.
- Must be of good moral character (not a convicted felon).
- Must be capable of discharging duties imposed by law.
- Application must be signed by the County Clerk, Judge Executive, Circuit Clerk, Justice of the Peace, or a member of the General Assembly of the county of residence of the applicants.
P.O. Box 821
Frankfort, KY 40602-0821
Upon processing and approval of an application by the Secretary of State, a Certificate of Appointment will be sent to the County Clerk’s Office. The applicant will be notified in writing that their Certificate of Appointment is at the Clerk’s Office; at that point the applicant will have 30 days to take the Oath of Office at the Burlington location of the County Clerk. The applicant must bring a Kentucky property owner (cannot be a spouse or joint property owner) or they can get a surety bond through an insurance company. The applicant and the surety must both present a valid form of ID. There is a $19.00 filing fee that must be paid by the applicant.
Click here for the Notary Public Handbook provided by the Kentucky Secretary of State.
Click here for frequently asked questions regarding notaries and notary services.
For questions, call our office at (859) 334-3624