Are you a current or prospective Kentucky notary? Are you seeking greater flexibility and freedom (or an additional income stream)?

Today, we’re covering how to become a traditional or remote online notary in the state of Kentucky. We’ll go over the necessary steps to get certified and how to choose a dependable RON platform, enabling you to start working remotely as soon as possible.

How do I become a notary in Kentucky?

You must meet a few eligibility requirements to apply for a notary public commission in Kentucky. You must be at least 18 years old, able to read and write in English, a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident, working or living in the county where you apply, and not disqualified by any items listed under KRS 423.395.

Follow these steps to apply for your Kentucky notary commission certificate:

  • Complete a notary public application.
  • Submit your application to the Secretary of State with a $10 fee.
  • Obtain a $1,000 notary bond (for $100) after your application has been approved.
  • File your notary bond and take an Oath of Office at the county clerk’s office within 30 days of application approval. 
  • Buy your notary supplies.

See the Notary Public Handbook for application details, laws for notaries in the state, and frequently asked questions.

What is an online notary?

A remote online notary is certified to notarize documents through a secure online platform, eliminating the need for in-person meetings. This process, known as remote online notarization (RON), utilizes audiovisual technology, such as video calls, to facilitate remote notarization. Notaries can authenticate the signee’s identity and witness the signing of documents virtually.

This modern method provides convenience and accessibility, especially when face-to-face meetings aren’t feasible. Remote online notaries enhance flexibility and efficiency in our fast-paced world.

How to Become an Online Notary in Kentucky

Once you’ve become a traditional notary public, you can apply to become an online notary in Kentucky! Follow these steps:

1. Select a state-approved RON platform.

You’ll find a list of approved vendors on the registration form.

2. Notify the Secretary of State.

Notify the SoS of your intention to perform online/remote notarizations in Kentucky. Include your full name, your current Notary ID # / Commission ID #, and your expiration date. Also include your chosen RON technology. Send your information to

What is a notary bond?

A notary bond is designed to offer financial protection to the public if a notary fails to perform their duties ethically or accurately. Should a notary engage in fraudulent activities, make mistakes, or violate state notary laws, a claim can be made against the bond.

A notary bond involves three parties:

  • Notary public (principal)
  • Surety (financial entity that provides the bond)
  • State or county (obligee)

For those aspiring to become a notary public in Kentucky, securing a notary bond is a wise decision. The bond, priced at $100, provides $1,000 coverage. Learn more about notary bonds on our blog.

Apply for a Kentucky Notary Bond Today

Obtaining a notary bond is an essential step in becoming a notary public. At ZipBonds, we make it fast and easy to get bonded. Apply online or call us at 888-435-4191 to work directly with an agent!