A Notary is appointed by the Secretary of State for a four-year term.
You may also obtain an application and/or handbook online from the Secretary of State at www.cyberdriveillinois.com Click on Department, then on Index, then Notary Services. All applicants must obtain a $5,000 notary bond from a bonding or surety company. The completed notary application, proof of surety bond and a $10.00 filing fee are mailed to:
Jesse White, Secretary of State
111 E. Monroe
Springfield, Il 62756
Once your official Notary Commission is processed by the Secretary of State's office, your certificate is then sent to the County Clerk's office in which you reside. You will be notified when your certificate has been received.
The Illinois Notary Public law requires you to appear in person in the Clerk's office, record your commission and pay a fee of $8.00 to the County Clerk. If it is a hardship for you to sign the Notary Register in person, you may request your commission be mailed to you.
The request must be accompanied by a specimen of your signature and a $11.00 fee payable to the County Clerk. Your appointment as a notary is not complete until the commission is recorded with the County Clerk.
Commissions not processed within the required time frame are automatically returned to the Secretary of State for cancellation.
If you have any questions, please call the Grundy County Clerk’s office at 815-941-3222.