Notary Application System Goes Online, Saving Time, Money

Sep 14, 2011, 11:48 ET from Pennsylvania Department of State

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvanians can now apply online to become a notary public, a move that will save time and money.

The Department of State processes approximately 23,000 notary applications annually.

"The new system will allow the applicant to complete the application, submit it, and obtain the necessary endorsement from the applicant's state senator all electronically, saving staff time and taxpayer money," said Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele.  

Pennsylvania law requires the endorsement of the state senator in whose district the notary applicant lives, or in the case of out-of-state residents, the senator in whose district the prospective notary is employed.  All 50 state senators are participating in the online application system.

"In Pennsylvania, notaries public have the power to administer oaths and affirmations, certify copies, and take depositions, affidavits and verifications," Aichele said.  "In light of heightened security concerns, and the increased threat of identity theft, notaries public are playing a larger role on the front lines of deterring document fraud, which is important to individuals and businesses," Aichele said.

To access online applications, go to, and under "Our most frequently requested services allow you to…", click on "Apply Online to Become a Notary Public."

The Department of State will still accept paper applications for the time being, to accommodate applicants who do not have internet access.

Media contact: Ron Ruman, 717-783-1621

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of State