The Best Ways to Renew Your Wisconsin Notary Public Commission

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The state of Wisconsin requires both new notary applicants and current notaries applying for a re-commission to go through the same application process. Those renewing their commission will still be required to complete the same forms, pass the same educational requirements and submit the same fees to the Wisconsin Secretary of State's office in Madison as a new notary applicant.

Notary Public Application

Complete and resubmit a notary public application. The application can be downloaded online at the Wisconsin Secretary of State's website or picked up in person at the Secretary of State's office in Madison.

Secretary of State 30 W. Mifflin, 10th Floor Madison, WI 53703 608-266-8888 www.sos.state.wi.us/notary.htm

The application will require the notary's full name, address, current commission number and expiration date. The applicant should specify that this is not their first Wisconsin commission on Question 5.

Notary Exam

The applicant must take either the online notary public quiz on the Secretary of State's website and print out certification that she passed the exam, or write an essay certifying that the applicant is familiar with the notary rules and regulations in the state of Wisconsin. The essay must be signed and dated by the notary. (See Resources for link to Wisconsin Notary Public Tutorial Final Exam.)

Oath of Office

Take another Oath of Office. The Oath of Office form is included in the Notary Public Application. The Oath of Office must be notarized by another currently commissioned notary. The notary may charge a small fee for this service.

Bond Requirements

A new bond must be issued for the notary and submitted with the application to the Secretary of State's office. The bond must be in the amount of $500 and purchased from a bonding or surety company. The bond must last the term of the new commission.

Application Fee

Submit the $20 application fee with the Notary Public Application, Oath of Office and bond to the Secretary of State's office. If submitting payment by mail, send a check or money order and make it payable to the "Wisconsin Secretary of State."

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