Becoming a Notary Public
The Notary Public serves as an impartial witness to the signing of documents, attests to the signature on the document, and may also administer oaths and affirmations. The State Treasurer appoints a notary public for a five-year period and may renew the appointment for five-year increments. Candidates, who must be New Jersey residents and are at least 18 years of age, are sworn into office by the clerk of the county in which the candidate resides. Complete information regarding New Jersey Notary Publics is provided in the notary manual.
If you live in Monmouth County, to become a Notary Public you must fill out the application and bring it to the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office or the Monmouth County Connection. Applications are available in the Clerk’s offices or online. To download the application, click here
Include a check for $25 payable to State Treasurer.
The Clerk’s staff will forward your application to your state legislators, who will endorse your application and forward it to Trenton for processing.
Within 3-4 weeks you should receive your Notary Commission forms in the mail. When you receive them, you have 90 days from the date of issuance to appear in person at the Monmouth Clerk’s Office or the County Connection to be sworn in as a Notary Public. There is a $15 fee for swearing in and it can be paid in cash, check, Visa, Discover or MasterCard.
You may appear in person at the Clerk’s Office at 33 Mechanic Street, Freehold, NJ 07728 anytime from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary.
You may also appear in person at the Monmouth County Connection, 3544 State Highway 66, Neptune, NJ 07753 anytime the office is open. No appointment is necessary.Click here for hours
Note: Expedited service from the State of NJ is available. For more information click here.
Should you need to confirm the status of a notary public, you may submit your request online or by mail to:
Division of Revenue
Attention - Notary Unit
33 West State Street, 5th floor
Trenton, NJ 08608-1214
For more information, please call 609-292-9292 or go to http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/revenue/dcr/programs/notary.shtml.