Division of Legislation and Notaries

210 North Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120

The front doors of the North Office building are locked after 3PM


 House Bill 25 was signed into law on October 9, 2013 and became Act 73 of 2013.  Act 73 adopts the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA) and completely replaces the former Notary Public Law and Uniform Acknowledgement Act with modern language and best practices.

Act 73 will be implemented in several phases.

Effective immediately on October 9, 2013 is the Department's authority to make regulations to implement the new law (including the fees of notaries public) and the Department's authority to approve basic and continuing notary education courses.

For full text of the announcement, please click here.

On December 16, 2014, the Department of State issued Draft Rules as part of the Department’s implementation of Act 73 of 2013 (Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts or RULONA).  Pursuant to Executive Order 1996-1, the Department seeks comments and suggestions on the Draft Regulations. Please send your written comments to Martha H. Brown, Department of State, Office of Chief Counsel, 401 North Street, Room 301, Harrisburg, PA 17120 or email to no later than January 30, 2015.  Please cite to “RULONA draft regulations” when you send comments.

Draft Regulations to Implement RULONA

The Department of State is now accepting online notary public applications. This online system will allow both new notary public applicants and those applying for reappointment to securely submit their notary public application online. Notary public applicants will also have the ability to upload their mandatory notary education course completion certificate as well as any other documentation required to process their application. Additionally, the completed application will be sent electronically to the applicant’s State senator for endorsement.

Apply Online

Notice: The notary online application website will be down for maintenance from 5:00 PM on Friday, December 26, 2014 until 8:00 AM on Monday, January 5, 2015.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have CAUSED.  If you require immediate assistance, please feel free to contact our office via telephone at (717) 787-5280 or email at

Please note that pursuant to Act 119 of 2014, Senatorial endorsement of notary applications will no longer be required effective January 5, 2015

The Division of Legislation and Notaries of the Bureau of Commission, Elections and Legislation administers the duties imposed on the Secretary of the Commonwealth by Pennsylvania's Notary Public Law. The Division works on behalf of the Secretary to appoint, commission and regulate all notaries public in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For over 200 years, notaries public have been officially recognized by the Commonwealth for administering oaths and affirmations, certifying copies and taking depositions, affidavits, verifications and acknowledgements. Notaries public in Pennsylvania certify, verify and acknowledge hundreds of thousands of important documents each year. More than 80,000 men and women hold notary public commissions in Pennsylvania.


The Notary Public Law, 57 P.S. § § 147-168.3; The Uniform Acknowledgement Act, 21 P.S. § § 291.1-291.13.

Regulations of the Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation pertaining to notary public fee schedule: 4 Pa. Code § 161.1.

Modified Date: 12/18/2014 03:47 PM