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

Notary Commissions during COVID-19 Court Closures

Currently the Clerk’s Office at 20 West Courtland Street is open for emergencies and appointments only.

Notaries that have received approval letters from the Secretary of State may contact the Land Records and Licensing Office at 410-638-3474 or email customer.inquiries.hc.lld@mdcourts.gov to see if the commission has been received and to inquire about scheduling an appointment. 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, to take the oath of office and receive your Notary Commission. During the COVID crisis, contact 410-638-3474 to schedule an appointment to receive your commission at the Circuit Court, 20 W. Courtland Street, Bel Air, MD 21014. There is an additional $11.00 fee due at the time you receive your commission. Payment by check or MasterCard, Visa or Discover credit cards is 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. A drop box is also is available Monday – Friday 8:30am to 4pm on the 20 W. Courtland Street Courthouse Entrance – place items in the Land Record mailbox. 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.