Notary Public Information


  • Notary Information - Information provided by the Secretary of the Commonwealth. 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. Page includes links to:
    • Notary Application
    • Notary Handbook
  • Additional InformationPDF icon - 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.


  • Notary Authentications

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 a clerk in the Public Service Division to obtain a notary authentication. Customers can request a notary authentication in person or 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.  The 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, money orders and credit cards (Visa or MasterCard only with a 4% processing fee for each credit card transaction) 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.

  • Authentication of Documents Signed by Virginia Officials (Great Seal or Apostille)

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:

Authentications Director
Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
1111 East Broad Street, 1st Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
(804) 692-0114

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