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Notary Public Oath and Qualification                       
The Secretary of the Commonwealth will notify an applicant once the Notary Public application is approved. No appointment is necessary to take your Notary Public oath  to obtain your notary commission. Please present the following to the deputy clerk administering the oath:

• Valid government-issued photo ID;
• Notification (letter/email) you received from the Secretary of the Commonwealth;
• Fee of $10; Clerk's Office accepts checks, cash and credit cards (credit card payments are subject to convenience fee).

New Notary Public Application/Renewals 
The Clerk of the Circuit Court does not accept or process new notary applications; Notaries Public in the Commonwealth of Virginia are commissioned by the Secretary of the Commonwealth (§47.1-8).

Requirements to become a Notary Public:
• Be at least 18 years of age;
• Reside or work in the Commonwealth of Virginia;
• Read and write English.

Application Process:
The application and Virginia Notary Handbook are available through the Secretary of the Commonwealth.               
  1. Complete the new Notary Public application with the Secretary of the Commonwealth;
  2. Upon approval (four to six weeks), the Secretary of the Commonwealth will notify the applicant via a letter or an email that the application has been approved. Once notified, please allow five business days or call the Clerk's office at 703-771-5647 to ensure that your commission is ready to be pick-up;
  3. After receiving confirmation, you have 60 calendar days to be qualified (take an oath) by the deputy clerk of the Circuit Court and to pick up your Notary Commission; please visit the Public Services Division at the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office (see above for more information).
There  is no renewal process. In order to avoid an interruption in providing notarial services, you must file a new application with the Secretary of the Commonwealth prior to the expiration of your commission. Please remember it takes at least four to six weeks to process a notary application.

Notary Verification
If you are required to send a notarized document out-of-state, you may be required to attach a Verification of a Notary to the document. Notary verifications can be obtained from Public Services Division for a fee of $2.50 each. Please note that this office can only prepare verifications for notaries who were qualified in Loudoun County.

Notary Authentication by an Apostille or a Great Seal
If you are required to send a notarized document out-of-country, you may be required to have notary authenticated by an Apostille or a Great Seal. Clerk of the Circuit Court does not issue Apostilles or Great Seals. Notarized documents done by a Virginia Notary Public can be authenticated through Secretary of the Commonwealth's Authentication Office. Please visit their website for more information.

Notary Public Services 
Only a limited number of deputy clerks are Notaries; before visiting the office for notarization of a document, please visit Notary Services at the Clerk's Office page.
Contact UsKevin Blatchley
Public Services Division Manager

Ph: 703-771-5647
Email: Public Services Division

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Physical Address:
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Attn: Public Services
18 East Market St.
Leesburg, VA 20176
Mailing Address:
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Attn: Public Services
P.O. Box 550
Leesburg, VA 20178

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