Circuit Court – 17th Judicial Circuit

Notary Information


Notary - A public officer whose function it is to administer oaths; to attest and certify, certain classes of documents; to take acknowledgments, and certify the same.
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Qualifications To Be a Notary

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Live or work in Virginia.
  • Be able to read and write the English language.
  • Never convicted of a felony, or had a Restoration of Civil Rights.
  • Be familiar with and understand everything in "The Handbook for Virginia Notaries Public".

Process To Become a Notary

  1. Download the Notary Application from the Virginia website.
  2. Complete the application and sign before a notary public. Attach a check for $45.00 payable to the Treasurer of Virginia and mail to:

    Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
    Notary Clerk
    P.O. Box 1795
    Richmond, Virginia 23218-1795

    (At your request, the Clerk's Office can mail your application and check to the Secretary of the Commonwealth).

  3. A letter will be sent to you from the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth notifying you that your commission has been issued and forwarded to the Arlington County Circuit Court Clerk's Office. You may call 703-228-7010 to determine if your commission has been received and processed by the Clerk's Office.
  4. Please appear in Room 6700 to take your oath and receive your commission. Ten ($10.00) dollars payable in cash; by check or money order made payable to the "Clerk of the Circuit Court"; or by credit card will be required at that time (Mastercard or Visa only; a service charge of four (4) percent of the amount paid will be collected for all credit card payments).


Arlington County Circuit Court
Attn: Civil Division
1425 N. Courthouse Road, Suite 6700
Arlington, VA 22201

Phone: 703-228-7010
E-mail: CircuitCourt (at)

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Last Modified: November 25, 2013
2100 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201 Tel: 703-228-3000 TTY: 703-228-4611