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What is a Notary Public Special Commission?
A Notary Public Special Commission is a resident or nonresident of Kentucky who is appointed by the Governor of Kentucky to perform notarial acts inside or outside this state covering documents to be recorded in this state.


Is a Notary Public Special Commission authorized to perform the same acts as a regular notary? 
No. The appointment to the office of Notary Public Special Commission is separate from the State at Large appointment. Notaries Public Special Commission are specifically limited to the acts described in the above paragraph.


What is the process for becoming a Notary Public Special Commission?
An application for appointment can be obtained from the Secretary of State’s office or county clerk. The completed application must be signed by a circuit judge, circuit clerk, county judge/executive, county clerk, justice of the peace (magistrate) or member of the General Assembly of the county of residence of the applicant, if a Kentucky resident.  After the application has been filed with the Secretary of State, you will receive a Notice of Appointment. Attached to the Notice of Appointment will be a printed Oath of Office. Pursuant to KRS 62.010, you must take the Oath of Office within thirty (30) days after you receive your Notice of Appointment. After the oath has been administered, the written Oath of Office must be returned to the Secretary of State within thirty (30) days from the date of your Notice of Appointment letter. Upon receipt by the Secretary of State of the Oath of Office, the Governor, through the Secretary of State, will issue to the applicant the Commission to Office.
What is the Oath of Office that a Notary has to take?
“I do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth, and be faithful and true to the Commonwealth of Kentucky so long as I continue a citizen thereof, and that I will faithfully execute, to the best of my ability, the office of notary public according to law; and I do further solemnly swear that since the adoption of the present Constitution, I, being a citizen of this State, have not fought a duel with deadly weapons within this State, nor out of it, nor have I sent or accepted a challenge to fight a duel with deadly weapons, nor have I acted as second in carrying a challenge, nor aided or assisted any person thus offending, so help me God.”


Who can administer this Oath of Office?
The official oath may be administered by any judge or any county judge/executive, notary public, clerk of court or justice of the peace (magistrate), within your district or county.


What are the qualifications for a Notary Public Special Commission? 
A Notary Public Special Commission must be eighteen (18) years of age; a resident of the county from which she/he makes application, if a Kentucky resident; of good moral character; and capable of discharging duties imposed upon her/him by law.


For what period of time is a Notary Public Special Commission issued?
Notaries Public Special Commission are appointed to office for a term of four (4) years.


What is the fee for becoming a Notary Public Special Commission?
Applicants should send $10.00 along with their application to the Secretary of State’s Office, 74 Capitol Building, 148 Capitol Building, P.O. Box 821, 700 Capitol Avenue, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601. Make checks payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer. A Notary Public Special Commission application can be obtained from the Secretary of State’s office or the office of a county clerk.


Is posting of bond necessary for Notary Public Special Commission?
The posting of bond is not required for a Notary Public Special Commission. However, the Oath of Office is required.


Can a person be both a Notary Public Special Commission and a Notary Public State at Large?
A person may be appointed both a Notary Public Special Commission and a Notary Public State at Large. Two different applications must be submitted; two different filing fees are required.

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