Steps to Renew a Notary Commission

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1.  Submit the following items within 30 days prior to your commission expiration date:

  • Renewal Application
  • $15,000 surety bond
  • $30.00 renewal fee payable to: Nebraska Secretary of State or Notary Division (per Neb. Rev. Stat. § 33-102 change effective July 1, 2021, this fee is a non-refundable application fee that is retained for processing your application, even if you application cannot be approved).
  • U.S. Citizenship Attestation Form
  • Evidence of Employment in Nebraska Form (Non-residents only)
  • Please use this address to submit renewal materials: Notary Division, P.O. Box 95104, Lincoln, NE 68509-5104.
  • All application materials can be found on the main Notary page


2.  Once your application is approved and processed, you will receive your notary commission certificate via regular U.S. mail.  Take your certificate to any office supply store to order your notary ink stamp seal.

You must use an ink stamp seal engraved with the following:

  • State of Nebraska
  • General Notary or General Notarial
  • Your name as commissioned
  • The expiration date of the commission


Please note the following strict deadlines for renewal applications: As a general rule, renewal items must be submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on the commission expiration date. If your commission expiration date falls on a weekend date (Saturday or Sunday), the renewal items must be received in our office by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday preceding the weekend. If your commission expiration date falls on a holiday during the business week, the renewal items must be received in our office by 5:00 p.m. the preceding business day.
Nebraska law provides that any renewal application made after the expiration date shall be made in the same manner as an application for a new notary commission. To obtain a new notary commission, applicants are required to pass a test.

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