License Department: Notary Public Oaths & Certifications

OFFICE HOURS: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Monday through Friday (Closed weekends and State Holidays)

  • Notaries: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Marriage License/Copies: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Civil Ceremonies: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Business Licenses: 8:30 AM - 3:30 pm
  • Passport Applications Accepted: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 8:30 am to 2:00 pm

TO CONTACT US CALL: 410-222-1434

Procedure for becoming a Notary Public

A Notary Public is appointed by your State Senator. Once a State Senator has approved you as a Notary Public and the Secretary of State has issued the Notary Public Certificate, the Clerk of the Court License Department at the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County is responsible for administering the oath of office for all Anne Arundel County Notaries.

The average processing time for a notary application is 6-8 weeks once the application is received by the Secretary of State. Once you are approved as a notary public you must appear in person at the License Department in the Circuit Court. There is no appointment required. There is an $11.00 fee due at the time the oath is taken. The fee can be paid by cash, credit card or with a personal check made payable to the Clerk of the Court.

If you have any further questions regarding the process of becoming a Notary Public please contact the Secretary of State at 410-974-5520.

To become a notary public, please review the Notary Public page for the Secretary of State at: http://sos.maryland.gov/Notary/Pages/default.aspx

Notary Certifications

Once a notary signs and seals a document, on occasion that document may need to be certified by the Court. The fee for this process is $1.00 per certification. This process can be done by mail or in person. If you are requesting by mail, the documents and check or money order ($1.00 per certification) should be mailed to:

Clerk of the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County
Attn: Notary Certification
8 Church Circle
Annapolis, Maryland 21404-0071