John T. Frey,
Clerk of the Court
Notice: Due to social distancing protocols, beginning April 15, 2020, the Public Service Division counter closed to the public. Please go to the Land Records Division in Suite 317 of the Fairfax County Courthouse to claim your commission. The Land Records Division will issue the notary commission to you.
The office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth is responsible for commissioning notary publics in Virginia, pursuant to Section 47.1-8 of the Code of Virginia. Please visit the Secretary's website for more information or contact their office by telephone at (804)786-2441. Page includes links to:
Additional Information - Additional information about the notary application process provided by the Circuit Court Clerk's Office, including obtaining your notary commission from the Fairfax County Courthouse.
Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Online Notary Application Wizard - Online application for appointment as Notary Public that can be submitted electronically.
The Public Service Division of the Fairfax Circuit Court is located at the Fairfax County Courthouse. We are open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Our telephone number is (703) 691-7320 press 3, 4.
Notice: Due to social distancing protocols, beginning April 15, 2020, the Public Service Division counters will be closed to the public. If you need a notary authentication, please mail the original, notarized document to: Public Services Division, Fairfax Circuit Court, 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 116, Fairfax, VA 22030 Attn: Notary Authentication. The cost is $2.50 per document. Only cashier’s checks or money orders, made payable to the Clerk of the Court, are accepted. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your document.
A notary authentication is a certification prepared by the Public Service Division of the Fairfax Circuit Court that verifies a notary’s commission is valid. Customers can obtain a notary authentication if the notary obtained their notary commission from the Fairfax Circuit Court.
Customers must provide the original, properly notarized document to the Public Service Division to obtain a notary authentication. Due to social distancing protocols, customers can only request a notary authentication through the mail.
Customers requesting an authentication through the mail must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with their request, along with payment and the original notarized document.
Our mailing address is:
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Public Service Division
4110 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 116
Fairfax, VA 22030
Attn: Notary Authentications
The fee is $2.50 per authentication. The Public Service Division accepts cash, cashier’s checks, and money orders for notary authentications. Only cashier’s checks and money orders are accepted through the mail.The Public Service Division does not accept personal checks and cannot accept cash or credit cards through the mail.
Authentications of documents signed by Virginia Officials (also known as the Great Seal or an Apostille) verify to foreign governments that Virginia officials are in good standing. These officials include notaries public, clerks and deputy clerks of Virginia courts, registrars and deputy registrars of the Department of Health and the Clerk of the State Corporation Commission. Authentications for Virginia officials are only issued by the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Any document requiring an authentication must contain original signatures and be less than one year old from the date the document is signed by the Virginia official.
For more information, please contact the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth:
Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
1111 East Broad Street, 1st Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
( 804) 692-0114
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