Notary Public

Notary Office Hours:  8:30am - 3:45pm (Monday thru Friday) (Closed Weekends and State Holidays)
Additional Hours – First Monday of each month until 6:00pm

Notary Commissions during COVID-19 Court Closures

Currently the office is closed to the public through July 17, reopening July 20 if there are no further changes to the current phase of the Judiciary reopening. See https://mdcourts.gov/coronavirusupdate for more information on the closure status.

For notary renewals please see the Secretary of State’s Order and Frequently Asked Questions concerning extension of expiration dates.

New commissions will be processed after the reopening of the courts. After July 17, 2020, all notaries to be commissioned will be by appointment only. The $11.00 commission fee payable by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, check or Money Order only. Make checks payable to the Clerk of the Court.

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 410-638-3489 or 410-638-3586 or customer.inquiries.hc.lld@mdcourts.gov.