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In order to respond to the COVID-19 emergency and encourage individuals to delay non-essential/non-emergency visits to courthouses during this time, the Notary Division is extending the pickup date for commissions printed between Monday, January 13, 2020 and April. Approved notaries will now have until Friday, June 19, 2020 to claim their commission from the appropriate circuit court.
Virginia Remote Online Notarization Guidance
Since 2012, the Commonwealth of Virginia has allowed for Remote Online Notarization
The Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth is responsible for the commissioning of Notaries Public in Virginia, pursuant to Section 47.1-8 of the Code of Virginia. At any given time, approximately 120,000 Virginians are commissioned as a Notary Public.
To be eligible to apply for a Virginia Notary Public Commission, you must be:
- at least eighteen years old,
- able to read and write the English language,
- be a legal resident of the United States,
- live or work in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and
- have not been convicted of a felony.
Any person who has ever been convicted of a felony under the laws of the United States or this Commonwealth, or the laws of any other state, shall not qualify to be appointed and commissioned as a Virginia Notary Public unless such person has had his/her rights restored.
- Applicant has 60 days from date of appointment to take the oath at the requested Clerk's Office. After 60 days the commission will be returned to the Secretary of Commonwealth, and applicant must reapply.
- Notary commission is valid for four years.