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

Since July 1, 2010 all new notaries and certain renewing notaries will be required to satisfactorily complete a certified training class prior to applying for a commission.

The Secretary of State’s Office is pleased to introduce the new online program for Montana notaries public. This eLearning opportunity is designed exclusively for Montana notary applicants, and fulfills the training requirements for all new applicants. It is also an excellent review for current notaries. There is no charge for this course.

The Secretary of State’s Office also offers live classes around the state.  All live SOS classes have been approved for 3.5 CLE credits for legal professionals by the State Bar of Montana.

* Current notaries who do not submit their paperwork for reappointment within the statutorily allowed time period (30 days before or 30 days after the expiration date of their current commission), and those who have been notified by the Secretary of State’s office that they must complete a certified training course as a condition of re-appointment are included in this category.


Notary 101 - The Basics

A basic and refresher course for Montana notaries public. This course fulfills the training requirements for new notary applicants, and provides an in-depth review of the duties and responsibilities of the office for existing notaries. The presentation will cover the types of notarial acts permitted by Montana law, instruction in how to properly complete most notarial blocks, how to identify signers for notarial purposes, and how to complete the required journal entries. Questions and class discussion are welcome and encouraged.

No live classes scheduled at this time.
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Notary Conference 2014

Over 250 people attended the 2014 Montana Notary Conference and the results are in – it was a huge success!!!

To all those who attended, we want to extend our deepest thanks for your enthusiasm and support of our efforts to provide Montana’s notaries public with the information and education that allows them to provide the highest quality of service to the people of the Treasure State. Read more »

While training is not required for currently commissioned Montana notaries in good standing, we have found that those who have attended a class or taken online training have found the information to be very valuable and worthwhile and we encourage you to take advantage of such courses if possible.

In addition, private organizations have been encouraged to have their notary training classes certified and made available to prospective notaries. Secretary McCulloch has certified the following private entities to offer training courses that will fulfill the training requirements for new notary applicants:

National Notary Association
9350 DeSoto Ave
Chatsworth  CA 91313-2402
(800) 876-6827
With 54 years of expertise, the National Notary Association is the nation’s leader in providing Notary training and education in accordance with state requirements and best practices. Our online training course, designed specifically for Montana Notaries, offers the convenience of self-paced study in the comfort of your home or office. The National Notary Association guarantees that you will be fully prepared to perform your duties properly and also offers advanced, specialized instruction for Notary Signing Agent and Trusted Enrollment Agent certifications.
The National Notary Association has been certified to provide live, online, and webinar seminars for Montana notaries. 

Notary Law Institute
P.O. Box 1932
Orem, UT 84057
(800) 722-8708
Founded in 1991, the Notary Law Institute is America's authority on notary law.  It proudly teaches notaries their important duties, laws, and limitations, enabling notaries to protect themselves, employers, and the general public.  Since knowledge is power, knowing the law is paramount in performing ones duty.  The Notary Law Institute understands that Notaries are critical to the function of society, and makes learning the laws fun, engaging, and simple.
The Notary Law Institute has been certified to provide live and online seminars for Montana notaries.

2015 Live Seminar Schedule:

  • Billings – June 30th – 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Bozeman – July 1st – 8:00 am – 10:30 am
  • Butte – July 1st – 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Missoula – July 2nd – 8:00 am – 10:30 am
  • Kalispell – July 2nd – 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

$79 each for 3 or more from your organization
or $89 for single enrollment
Cancellation policy:
Full refund with 24 hour notice.

To Register, please go to www.notarylaw.com/Seminars.php

311 Starling Lane
Franklin, TN 37064
(888) 263-1977
Notary.net is the only company in the country that offers streaming video notary seminars in 45 states and DC.  All video seminars are taught by Bruce Johnson who has personally trained over 100,000 notaries in live classroom setting.  We take pride in that we offer the highest quality streaming video education at prices less than competitor’s text-based courses.  We offer a free preview of the first two pages of the seminar so you can see if this training is right for you.
Notary.net has been certified to provide a streaming video seminar designed for Montana notaries.

Montana Notary Guild
PO Box 275
Billings, MT 59101
(406) 294-5545

The Montana Notary Guild has been certified to provide live classes for Montana notaries.  They are available to provide classes specifically for your business or organization.  Contact them for more information.