How to Renew Your Notary in North Carolina

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Notary commissions in the state of North Carolina are governed by the North Carolina Notary Public Act. According to the act, notaries are entitled to serve terms of five years unless their notary privileges are revoked due to misconduct. After the five-year notary appointment term has concluded, the notary must renew his commission in order to continue performing notarial acts.

Complete a new notary application. Renewal applicants may apply for a commission renewal up to 10 weeks prior to the expiration of their current commission. Renewal applicants are not required to take a subsequent education course unless their commission has been expired for more than one year. The notary application can be obtained on the North Carolina Secretary of State website or by logging into your Notary Account (see Resources).

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Complete the written notary examination. Exceptions to the examination requirement exist for notary renewal applicants who are also attorney members of the North Carolina Bar. The exam can be taken online at the North Carolina Secretary of State website by logging into your Notary Account. Renewal applicants must answer at least 80 percent of the questions correctly in order to pass the exam.

Print out your completed notary renewal application and place your notary seal on the application. Take your completed application to another commissioned notary for notarization. Submit your renewal application to the North Carolina Secretary of State along with the applicable filing fee. As of December 2010, the renewal fee is $50.

Take the oath of office at the Register of Deeds office in your county of residence. Renewal applicants must complete the oath within 45 days of the issuance of their new commission.