How to Become a Notary Public in Wyoming How to Become a Notary Public in Wyoming

How to Become a Notary Public in Wyoming

How to Become a Notary Public in Wyoming

Thinking about becoming a notary public in Wyoming? Here’s a breakdown of what you need to do:

  • Take the free Notary Education Presentation offered by the Secretary of State.
  • Choose a course from an approved vendor (they might have additional training, too).
  • The application itself (page 3) has the notary exam you need to pass.
  • Fill out the entire application form and mail it with your training completion certificate and the $60 fee to the Secretary of State’s office.
  • Once you receive your official commission via email, it’s time to shop!
  • Purchase a notary public stamp. 
  • Buy a journal to record your notary acts (physical or electronic).
  • Consider getting Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance to reduce your financial risks.

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What are the Requirements to Become a Notary in Wyoming?

In Wyoming, to become a Notary Public, you’ll need to check a few boxes:

  • 18 years old or older is the minimum.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, or otherwise lawfully present in the U.S.
  • Live in Wyoming, or be employed/have a business there, or be a spouse/dependent of active military stationed in Wyoming.
  • You’ll need to pass a notary exam.
  • No felony convictions, or if there were, you need to have your rights restored or the conviction overturned.

How Much Does it Cost to Become a Notary Public in Wyoming?

The main cost to become a Notary Public in Wyoming is a $60 filing fee to the Secretary of State’s office. On top of that, there are other expenses that can vary depending on what vendor you choose for your training and supplies.

How Long Does it Take to Become a Notary in Wyoming?

The processing time for becoming a Notary Public in Wyoming is pretty quick! The Secretary of State aims to review applications within five to seven business days after they receive it.

What Supplies Do Wyoming Notaries Need?

Once you’re officially a Wyoming Notary Public, you’ll need a special tool to make your work official: a notary stamp! Here’s the lowdown on what it needs to look like:

  • It should be rectangular, roughly 1 inch wide and 2.5 inches long.
  • Opt for blue or black ink for clarity.
  • This is where all the important details go:
    • Your full name (as it appears on your commission)
    • “Notary Public”
    • “State of Wyoming”
    • Your commission ID number
    • “My commission expires _________ (date).” (Fill in the date your commission expires)
    • Any other info required by the Secretary of State (double-check for updates)
  • Skip images of the Wyoming seal or your county seal – they’re not allowed.
  • Choose a stamp that won’t bleed ink, as smudging can get documents rejected.

How long does a Notary commission last in Wyoming?

In Wyoming, you’ll enjoy a good, long run as a Notary Public! A Notary commission there lasts for a solid six years. This gives you plenty of time to establish yourself and serve your clients.

What About Bonds or Insurance for Wyoming Notaries?

A Surety bond is like a financial guarantee. If you mess up as a notary and it causes someone financial harm, the surety company will pay them (up to the bond amount) but then come to you to get reimbursed.  Wyoming doesn’t require notaries to have a surety bond.

An Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance is more like regular insurance. It protects you, the notary, by covering your legal fees and any damages awarded against you (up to the policy limit) if you make a mistake while notarizing.  E&O insurance is optional in Wyoming but recommended.

Wyoming Notary Public FAQs

Who Oversees Notaries in Wyoming?

In Wyoming, the Secretary of State’s Office, Notary Division, is in charge of everything related to Notary Publics.  They’re located in Cheyenne, WY.

Do I need Training to Become a Notary in Wyoming?

The Wyoming Secretary of State offers a free online presentation called the Notary Education Presentation. This presentation covers the basics of being a notary public in Wyoming. Furthermore, you can take a more comprehensive training course offered by the BlueNotary Academy. This option might be a good choice if you want a deeper understanding of notary procedures and best practices.

Can I become a Notary Public in Wyoming if I am not a U.S. citizen?

In Wyoming, being a U.S. citizen isn’t a requirement to become a Notary Public. As long as you meet the other qualifications and reside in the state, you can apply for a commission.

Where will I be able to notarize?

You’re good to go anywhere in the state! But there’s one exception. Montana is the only state that currently recognizes a Wyoming Notary’s authority to perform acts within its borders (oaths or proofs of acknowledgment only). Double-check with the specific state outside of Wyoming before attempting to notarize there.

Who can I notarize for?

As a Wyoming Notary, you can essentially help anyone out with their notarization needs as long as they meet a few key points:

  • They must be a member of the public, and their request is legitimate (no shady business!).
  • You can’t notarize your own documents – avoid any conflict of interest.
  • While not technically illegal, Wyoming advises against notarizing for relatives. It’s best to stay impartial!

So, basically, anyone who needs a document notarized and isn’t trying to pull a fast one is fair game, as long as it’s not you or your close family.

How much can I charge for my notary services?

Notaries can charge a maximum of $10 per notarization. But, if you need to travel to meet someone for a notarization, you can charge a travel fee on top of the $10, but only with their prior approval. They need to be clear that this is a separate fee from the standard notary fee. Furthermore, for electronic notarizations, you can also add a technology fee on top of the $10.


Is Online Notary Legal in Wyoming?

Yes, Remote Online Notarization (RON) has been allowed in Wyoming since July 1, 2021. This means you can notarize documents for people anywhere as long as you follow the proper procedures.

What happens if I move or change my name after becoming a Notary?

Here’s what to do if you move or change your name as a Wyoming Notary:


  • If you move anywhere in Wyoming, you need to notify the Secretary of State within 30 days.
  • If you just move within the same county where you were commissioned, this is mainly to ensure you get updates and mailings.

Changing Your Name:

Apply for a New Commission: This is the most straightforward option, but it involves applying for a whole new commission under your new name. You’ll need to follow the usual application process and potentially pay a fee.

Keep Using Your Old Name (Free): You can continue using your old name on your commission at no cost. However, this might cause confusion for clients who see a different name on your ID.

File Name Change Documentation ($10): This option allows you to keep your old commission but add your new name. You’ll need to file a document proving your name change (like a marriage certificate) and pay a $10 fee. You’ll also need to include a sample of your new signature on the notice.

Using Your New Name:

  • Regardless of the option you choose, you won’t necessarily need a new notary stamp.
  • If you choose option 3 (filing name change document), you’ll need to start adding your new name after your old name on every document you notarize.

How do I renew my Wyoming Notary Public Commission?

It’s basically the same as becoming a new notary but with a few key points. You’ll need to complete the same training (either the free presentation or an approved vendor course) and pass the exam again.

How do I become an Online Notary in Wyoming? 

We have already explained how to do this in our How to Become an Online Notary in Wyoming guide. It is an in-depth guide that gives all you need to become a notary in Wyoming for online purposes.

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