2011 ORS § 194.022¹
Qualifications
  • written examination
  • education course

(1) A person appointed and commissioned as a notary public must:

(a) Be 18 years of age or older at the time of appointment.

(b) Be a resident of this state at the time of appointment, or be a resident of an adjacent state and be regularly employed or carry on a trade or business within this state at the time of appointment.

(c) Be able to read and write the English language at the time of appointment.

(d) Be of good moral character.

(e) Not have had a notary commission revoked for official misconduct during the five-year period preceding the date of application.

(f) Not have been convicted of a felony, or of a lesser offense incompatible with the duties of a notary public, during the 10-year period preceding the date of application.

(g) Have satisfactorily completed a written examination prescribed by the Secretary of State to determine the fitness of the person to exercise the functions of the office of notary public.

(h) Have satisfactorily completed a three-hour notary public education course that:

(A) Includes, but is not limited to, instruction on the laws, rules, practices and procedures relating to notaries public; or

(B) If the person is employed, includes, but is not limited to, instruction on the laws, rules, practices and procedures relating to the notary public functions to be performed by a notary public in the course of employment.

(2) The Secretary of State shall:

(a) Make the written examination required by subsection (1) of this section a part of the application form.

(b) Furnish study materials relating to the written examination without charge upon request of the applicant. [1989 c.976 §7; 2005 c.733 §3]