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New Texas Notary Seal Requirement

New Texas Notary Seal Requirement


The Texas notary law that requires a notary seal to contain the notary’s ID number goes into effect on January 1, 2016 (Read at House Bill 1683).

When initially drafted, the bill was not intended to affect current notaries, but only to affect new and renewing notaries commissioned after January 1st.  Therefore, the Secretary of State’s office is NOT requiring existing notaries to obtain a notary seal with ID number until they renew their commission.

After reviewing the wording of the bill, the State Bar’s Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section “REPTL” announced that current notaries would be smart to replace their notary seals preemptively. The ambiguous wording of the bill could potentially put notarizations performed by current notaries at risk for legal challenges if their seals are not up-to-date with the new standards. Read the REPTL October announcement here.

To avoid having the legitimacy of future notarizations called into question, the State Bar of Texas is urging notaries to replace their current notary seals, if the seals do not already list their identification numbers. This could ultimately save you and your clients time, money, and worry.

In summary, current Texas notaries are NOT required to obtain a seal with an ID number until renewal, but have been advised by the State Bar’s Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law section that it would be the safest course of action.

Budget Notary Bonding Agency has been including the notary ID number on all notary stamps and seals for more than a couple months now.  If you would like to purchase a new stamp or seal, please visit our Texas Notary Supplies section.  

Need to find your Notary ID number?  Visit Texas Notary Search.

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Important Texas Notary Public Law Update

Updated Friday, March 22, 2013  


Budget Notary Bonding Agency always strives to keep our notaries informed of any legislation that IF enacted will change the requirements for Texas notaries. We are currently monitoring two pieces of legislation that could require notary education for new and renewing Texas notaries. We will keep this page updated with any new information as it comes available. House Bill 1954 and Senate Bill 1037 are similar bills both entitled "An act relating to the education requirements for a notary public; authorizing a fee." House Bill 1954, introduced by Rep. Senfronia Thompson-Harris County (D), and Senate Bill 1037, introduced by Sen. Jose Rodriguez-El Paso (D), are companion bills that would require new and renewing notaries public toobtain notary training before their commissions could be issued or renewed. Budget Notary Bonding Agency supports and emphasizes the importance of notary education. If these bills become law, we will notify our Texas notaries about how and when to expect implementation. We understand the implications of an education requirement and are aware that certain types of training can be time consuming and costly. Budget Notary Bonding Agency wants to reassure our notaries that we are here to voice your concerns to the Secretary of State’s office.


Please check back for further information as this legislative session plays out. Visit our website for updated information on these legislative bills.

Texas Notary Public Requirements

People decide to become Texas notaries for many different reasons. Perhaps it is a requirement set forth by your place of employment, maybe you are active in your community and do it as a service for those individuals or maybe you just enjoy the extra income that being a notary can bring in. If you are looking to become a Texas notary public, Budget Notary Bonding Agency can guide you through the process, quickly and affordably! Review the requirements below to see if you are eligible to become a Texas notary.
  • You must be 18 years of age
  • You must be a legal resident of Texas
  • You must not have been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude, be on probation, or have any criminal charges pending or on appeal.
  • Effective September 1, 2009, non-residents living in a state adjoining Texas, who have qualified as a Texas escrow agent, are also eligible for appointment as a Texas notary public.
If you meet the above requirements and would like to apply for or renew your notary commission, Budget Notary Bonding Agency can help! Visit us online at to start your Texas notary application online, or call our live customer service department at 866.328.5524 to request notary forms. We would love to be your Texas notary bonding agency! To view more information about Texas notaries, visit our FAQ section.

Out with the Old, In with the New Trodat Printy 4.0!

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Budget Notary Bonding Agency is introducing the new Original Trodat Printy 4.0 to our line of products! The Printy 4.0is one of the smallest self-inking stamps in the world. Perfect for on the go. This stamp is not just unbelievably small and light, but also consists of up to 65%* post-consumer recycled plastic. This helps to save valuable resources and up to 49%* CO2. The fully transparent viewing window provides a clear view when positioning and aligning the stamp for perfectly placed imprints. The new grips ensure the clean handling and insertion of the ink pad without touching the cartridge insert. Plus, it's available in ten exciting colors!   Visit Budget Notary Bonding Agency at to check out the new Trodat stamp

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New Budget Notary Website!

Budget Notary Bonding Agency welcomes you to check out our new and improved website

We revamped our look and added new features! Applying for or renewing your Texas notary commission is now easier than ever. With our new interactive notary application process, you can fill our your Texas notary forms and pay online. All you have to do after that is print, sign and mail your notary forms to us. If you don't want to pay online, don't worry! We also offer you the option of downloading printable forms that are available at the click of a button. We are very excited about Budget Notary Bonding Agency's new website and we hope you enjoy it too!

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