This office administers notary public oaths for Caldwell County notaries anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The fee for administering the oath is $10.00.

When you receive your certification from the Secretary of State's office, you must come in to the Register of Deeds office within 45 days to take your oath and sign in the notary books.

If you do not take your oath within 45 days, your commission will be cancelled and you will then have to reapply for a commission, including submitting a new application and the applicable fee.


Requirements to become a Notary 

  1. Be at least 18 years of age or legally emancipated as defined in Article 35 of Chapter 7B of the General Statutes.
  2. Reside or have a regular place of work or business in this State.
  3. Reside legally in the United States.
  4. Speak, read, and write the English language.
  5. Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
  6. Pass the course of instruction described in this Article, unless the person is a licensed member of the North Carolina State Bar.
  7. Purchase and keep as a reference the most recent manual approved by the Secretary that describes the duties and authority of notaries public.
  8. 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 register of deeds office in each county. Every application shall include the signature of the applicant written with pen and ink, and the signature shall be acknowledged by the applicant before a person authorized to administer oaths.



Notary Initial Appointment form

Notary Reappointment form

Click here to go to the Secretary of State's notary website which includes answers to many questions you may have and the online notary exam required for reappointment.