Notary public appointment

Who can become a notary?

An applicant for a commission as a notary public, state at large, must:

  • be at least eighteen years of age ;
  • be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the united states;
  • be a resident of, or have a place of employment or practice in the Kentucky county where the application is made;
  • be able to read and write English: and not disqualified under KRS 423.395

How can I become a notary?

  • an application for an appointment for notary state at large must be completed and signed by the applicant.
  • download the form application and submit it online, or mail it with a $10.00 fee made payable to Kentucky state treasurer to:
    Notary Commissions
    PO Box 821
    Frankfort, KY 40602-0821
  • the applicant must apply in either the county of residence or the county of primary employment. (this includes people who live in another state but work in Kentucky).
  • if approved, the applicant will be notified by mail with a postcard.
  • the applicant must come into the county clerk’s office to be sworn in. There is a $19.00 recording fee ($10.00 for recording the bond, $4.00 for taking/preparing the bond, and
    $5.00 for administering the oath. KRS 64.012
  • a surety bond from a qualified insurance agency in the amount of $1000.00 or more is required.

What is required at the clerk’s office to receive the notary certificate?

  • Postcard from the Secretary of state
  • Surety Bond
  • Valid Photo ID

Whitley County Clerk

Carolyn Willis

Office Hours


Monday:  7:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Tue-Fri:   7:30 AM to 4:30 PM


Monday:  8:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Tue-Fri:   8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

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Contact Details

Mailing address:

P.O. Box 8
Williamsburg, KY 40769


200 Main St #2
Williamsburg, KY 40769


(606) 549-6002
(606) 549-6003
Fax: (606) 549-2790
Email: [email protected]

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