Appointment and Commissioning
in the State of Alabama are appointed and commissioned by the probate judges
of the various counties. The probate judge reports to the Secretary of State
the name, county, date of issuance and date of expiration of the commission
of each notary appointed and commissioned under applicable law.
information on being appointed a notary public, please contact the probate
judge for your county. Click
obtain contact information for him or her.
Please note that the Secretary of State does not appoint or commission
notaries. However, the records filed with this office regarding the
appointment and commissioning of notaries are a matter of public record and
are available for review by the general public. You can browse the list of
commissioned notaries by viewing our
Duties and Responsibilities
duties and responsibilities of notaries are spelled out in the Code of
Alabama. You may view Act 2011-295 online. It is the newest legislation regarding notaries public.
For more information on any Alabama Attorney General’s opinions concerning notary law, please visit the Opinions Search page of that website.
Authentication of Notarial Signature and Seal
Information on authentication of the signature and seal of a notary public
is available by clicking