Elections and Government Services Administrative Rules of Montana Business Services Notary and Certification Records and Information Management

September 22, 2010

CONTACT INFORMATION: Terri McCoy, (406) 444-2807

McCulloch Announces Launch of Online Notary Training;
Montana’s New Notary Laws Require Training for New Notaries

HELENA – Secretary of State Linda McCulloch on Wednesday announced the successful launch of the Secretary of State’s online training program for Montana notaries public. The online program was designed to aid notaries in compliance with the state’s new training requirement, which took effect on July 1, 2010.

“Certified training raises the professionalism and knowledge of notaries public and protects Montanans from the dangers associated with inaccurate notarial acts,” McCulloch said. “Our online program was designed exclusively for Montanans and fulfills the training requirements for all new applicants.”

The 2009 Montana Legislature approved a series of new notary laws. July 1, 2010 marked the implementation of the final components – the 30-day residency and training requirements for new notaries. (1-5-402, MCA)

The new training component requires all persons applying for appointment to a new notary commission to complete satisfactorily a training program certified by the Secretary of State.

“Knowledge is power,” McCulloch said. “Our free online training not only fulfills the statutory requirements for new notaries, it is also an excellent review for current notaries and for those interested in learning more about the notarial process.”

The free online training program is broken into five, 20-30 minute modules. Prospective notaries can take the course one section at a time, or continue through all sections at one sitting.

In addition to offering an electronic course, the Secretary of State’s Office hosts in-person training across the state. Secretary McCulloch has also certified the training courses offered by a number of private organizations. To find out more about training courses for Montana notaries, logon to the Secretary of State’s website at sos.mt.gov/Notary.

Access the free online training course.