Notary Public Underwriters Blog
I accidentally let my Florida notary commission expire, but I’ve submitted renewal paperwork. Can I notarize a document?
- Published: January 9, 2020
No. Once your notary commission expires you cannot perform any notarial duties.
According to Florida Statute 117.05(7), “Any person who acts as or otherwise willfully impersonates a notary public while not lawfully appointed and commissioned to perform notarial acts is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s.775.083”.
You can resume performing notarizations once you receive confirmation of your renewed notary commission.
The best course of action is to make sure you apply for your notary renewal at least 4 months prior to your expiration date. This allows ample time for processing and ensures there will not be a lapse in service.
If you would like to further discuss your Florida notary renewal application and the requirements to complete a Florida notary renewal, please call us, Notary Public Underwriters, your Florida notary bonding agency. We are always happy to help you navigate the Florida notary application process. You can reach our Florida notary service department at (800) 821-0821.