Notary Public

NOTICE: A new notary law goes into effect on October 1, 2020. The new law contains extensive changes. The updated Notary Public Handbook reflects the changes in the law. The Handbook is available online: https://sos.maryland.gov/Notary/Pages/default.aspx

The Licensing Office located at 7 West Courtland Street is closed until further notice. Late Night will resume on the first Monday of the month beginning October 5, 2020 from 4 pm to 6pm.

Notary Commissions during COVID-19 Court Closures

Although the Circuit Court reopened to the public, admittance to the courthouse will be limited. Notaries to be commissioned may walk in the Circuit Court Building, 20 West Courtland Street, Land Record Counter between 8:30 am and 4 pm. Also, on the first Monday of the month from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Licensing Office. Notaries that have received approval letters from the Secretary of State may contact the Land Record and Licensing Office at 410-638-3474 to see if their commission has been received. The $11.00 commission fee is payable by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, cash, check or Money Order only. Make checks payable to the Clerk of the Court.

For information on performing notarial acts with an expired expiration date during COVID please see the Secretary of State’s Order and Frequently Asked Questions concerning extension of expiration dates.

See https://mdcourts.gov/coronavirusupdate for Maryland Judiciary COVID-19 updates.

How do I apply to become a Notary Public?

Applications for Notary Public Commission can be obtained from the Secretary of State in Annapolis, Maryland or you may download the application at the Secretary of State's Website - www.sos.state.md.us.

Once the application has been submitted and approved, you will be notified to appear before the Clerk of the Circuit Court at the Ceremonial Room located at 7 W. Courtland Street, Bel Air, Maryland 21014, across the street from the Circuit courthouse, to take the oath of office and receive your Notary Commission. There is an additional $11.00 fee due at the time you receive your commission. Cash, check, or credit cards are acceptable - checks should be made payable to the Clerk of the Circuit Court. For more information on becoming a Notary Public, please visit the Secretary of State's Website - www.sos.state.md.us.

How do I get an Authentication of a Notary Public?

Authentication(s) may be obtained by mail at Circuit Court for Harford County, 20 W. Courtland Street, Bel Air, Maryland 21014 or in person at the Ceremonial Room located at 7 W. Courtland Street, Bel Air, Maryland 21014. The Clerk of the Circuit Court for Harford County authenticates a Notary Public from Harford County only. The fee is $1.00 per authentication. Cash, check, or credit cards are acceptable - checks should be made payable to the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

For further questions, please contact the Recording/Licensing Department at 410-638-3474 or customer.inquiries.hc.lld@mdcourts.gov.