HARRISBURG, Sept. 21, 2011The application to become a public notary is now available online, a move that is expected to save the state time and money, state Sen. Anthony H. Williams said today.


Public notaries have the power to administer oaths and affirmations, certify copies, and take depositions, affidavits and verifications.

“Pennsylvanians now have the ability to apply to become a notary from the comfort of their home or wherever they have access to a computer and an Internet connection,” Williams said. “This new system is more efficient and cost-conscious.”


To access online applications, go to the Department of State website, www.dos.state.pa.us, and click “Apply Online to Become a Notary Public.”

The department processes approximately 23,000 notary applications each year.

The department will continue accepting paper applications for those who do not have Internet access, Williams said.