URGENT: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Until further notice, all persons wishing to come in to take your oath for Notary Public MUST make an appointment. You can do so by calling our office anytime between 8:30am - 4:30pm. If you are sick or appear to be sick you will be asked to come by at a later time.
The Franklin County Register of Deeds office administers notary public oaths for Franklin County notaries anytime during the regular business hours, Monday through Friday excluding holidays. The fee for the oath is $10.00. Once you receive your certification from the Secretary of State's office, you must come into the Register of Deeds office within 45 days to ake your oath and sign the notary form. If you do not take your oath within 45 days, ** Effective May 4, 2020 through August 1, 2020 - notaries will have 90 days to take their notary oath ** your commission will be concelled and you will then have to reapply for a commission, including submitting a new application to the Secretary of State's office.
In order to become a Notary Public in the State of NC an individual must meet all of the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Reside or have a regular place of work in this State.
- Reside legally in the US.
- Speak, read and write the English language.
- Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
- Pass the course of instruction described in this Article, unless the person is a licensed member of the NC State Bar.
- Purchase and keep as a reference the most recent manual approved by the Secretary of State that describes the duties and authority of notaries.
- Submit an application containing no significant misstatement or omission of fact. The application form shall be provided by the Secretary and be available at the registre of deeds office in each county. Every application shall i nclude the signature of the applicant writeen with pen and ink and notarized.
The notary course is offered in Franklin County by Vance-Granville Community College-Franklin County Campus in Louisburg, NC. Please contact VGCC at 919-496-1567 for further information regarding this course.
The guidebook may be purchased directly from the NC School of Government by contacting them at 919-966-4119 or by visiting their website https://www.sog.unc.edu/ .
Once you fill out the Application for Appointment given to you at the time of completetion of the course, you should mail the form along with the $50 fee to the Notary Public Section, Secretary of State, PO Box 29626, Raleigh, NC 27626-0626, within 3 months of taking the course. Once the application is processed by the Secretary of State a notice will be sent to the applicant instructing them to appear in the Register of Deeds office to take their oath of office.
Those people seeking reappointment as a notary publc must submit a new Application for Reappointment, which can be done online witht he Secretary of State's office or you may pick up a form from the Register of Deed's office and mail it in with the fee. The applicant must pass a written (online) exam, unless they are a member of the NC State Bar. A notary public may apply for re-commissioning no earlier than 10 weeks prior to they expiration date. Once the new commission has been issued the Office of the Secretary of State will notify the notary to appear in the Regiser of Deeds office to take their oath.
CHANGES IN STATUS
NC law requires that within 45 days a notary must send the Secretary of State a signed notice of a legal name change or address change by fax, email, or mail. If changing the name, the notice shall include both the notary's former name and the notary's new name. This is done by submitting an NC Notary Public Change of Name/Address/Contact Information Form. The Secretary of State will cancel the commission under the old name and issue it under the new name. The notary must again appear in the Register of Deed's office to take the oath under the new name.
If the notary is changing the address and the new address is located in a county other than the previous one, the notary will have to appear in that new county's Register of Deeds office.