Missouri Notary Public Handbook


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Dear Missouri Notary:

Your work as a notary public is very important to the people of Missouri. As a notary, you enhance trust and confidence in matters that are vital to our state. Your service as a notary is a cornerstone of the courts and legal system, and of business and commerce.

As your Secretary of State, I am pleased to offer to you the Missouri Notary Public Handbook. The handbook is published by our office as a public service to the more than 60,000 notaries who take acknowledgements, administer oaths and affirmations, and certify copies of documents as true copies.

Chapter 486 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri establishes the powers and duties of notaries. The notary handbook reprints the provisions of Chapter 486 to provide you with a convenient resource that fully outlines your duties and requirements under the law.

In this convenient reference tool, we also include a list of frequently asked questions and answers, a glossary of important terms, and copies of key application forms to assist you with your notary responsibilities.

It is an honor to serve the people of Missouri as the Secretary of State. I hope you will find this handbook helpful in your work as a notary public. Please call or write the Business Services Division of our office if you have questions or need assistance.

John R. Ashcroft Secretary of State