Notary Public Services

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Town Clerk
The Town Clerk's Office and the Building Department offer Notary Services. Both the Town Clerk and the Assistant Town Clerk serve in this capacity. The Notary Public is a public official appointed by the Secretary of the State through the power vested in the Secretary by state law. The Notary has the power to administer oaths, take acknowledgments and perform other duties as permitted by law. Notaries may ONLY certify that a signature is authentic, not that the document itself is correct or authentic.

We offer the following services: 

  • Administer oaths
  • Take acknowledgements
  • Take an affidavit

This service is free for Durham residents. A fee of $5.00 is charged to non Durham residents.

By Law, You Must: 

  • Appear in person 
  • NOT sign the document prior to coming to our office 
  • Be personally known to us OR
Show absolute proof as to your identity by showing any of the following: 
  • Driver's License or other Photo ID, OR
  • Birth Certificate AND Social Security Card

We will NOT notarize
  • A will
  • I-9 Form (Employment Eligibility Verification)  
  • Birth, Death, Marriage certificates. These cannot be "notarized," they must be "certified" by the Registrar of Vital Statistics in the town of occurrence or residence.  
  • Anything from anyone not appearing in person

Please remember that we must observe the law and the legally required standard of "Reasonable Care" to protect all parties involved. Consequently, we do reserve the right to modify these services as necessary. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

For New Notaries:

Notary Commission Certificate: $20.00 (Must be recorded in town of residence. May also be recorded in towns where notary does business.) 
Notary Commission Certificate Renewal: $20.00 
Name Change: $15.00 
Address Change: $0 (send email to

For authenticating the signature of a notary the town clerk will receive 


authentication of certain documents are prepared by the Secretary of the State. For more information click HERE