Notary Commissions

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notaryNotary Publics are commissioned by the Probate Judge of Madison County and hold office for four years from the date of commission.

The following requirements must be met to qualify to become a notary public in Madison County:


  • The applicant must provide proof of residency in Madison County (drivers license, state issued identification card or official piece of mail to residential address) and be a registered voter in Madison County.
  • The applicant must submit to the Probate Judge’s Office a notary bond, from an insurance or bonding company, in the amount of $25,000 for a Notary State-at-Large. Note: All dates on the bond are required to have the same date as the day you come to the probate office for your commission.
  • Each person must submit an application for appointment as a Notary Public.
  • The filing fee to become a Notary Public in Madison County is $32.00, payable by check, cash or credit card.
  • Upon approval of the notary application, the Probate Judge will issue a certificate of appointment as a Notary Public.
  • Once appointed, a notary seal may be obtained from any office supply company.
  • The procedures for state employees are different in that they are covered under a State Blanket Bond. The Probate Office requires an original letter from the employee’s supervisor or department head, substantiating the applicant’s status as a state employee, and thereby covered under the State Blanket Bond to include the policy number. Each letter must be submitted on department letterhead, addressed to:

Frank Barger, Probate Judge
100 Northside Square
Huntsville, AL 35801.


  • Filing fee: $32.00


  • National Notary Association Website Please Note: This website is referenced purely for informational purposes regarding your rights and restrictions as a notary, not for forms and/or bonds. We cannot monitor the format used, and therefore we do not endorse this website as a possible bonding company.

Due to the complexity of laws and procedures of the Probate Court, we strongly suggest that you seek the advice of a licensed attorney.  The Probate Judge, Chief Clerk and Staff of the Probate Court are prohibited by law to offer any legal advice.