When filling out your notary application, you must use your “legal” name. According to the new notary public law, the legal name on the notary public commission and oath of office must be proven by “satisfactory evidence,” i.e., a driver’s license, passport, passport card, etc.
The law says that the “name of a notary public consists of any one of the following:
- A first personal name (first name), additional name(s) or initial(s), middle name or initial, and last name;
- A first name and last name, omitting the middle name or middle initial;
- A first initial, middle name and last name.
Neither initials alone nor nicknames will be accepted on the application or as part of the signature required on a notarial act.”
It does not matter what name you are known by, the name on your notary application, commission and when notarizing documents must be your legal name.
The name of the notary public may include suffixes such as Junior, Senior, II, III, IV or any abbreviations thereof. However, the notary public’s name may not include prefixes, suffixes or titles such as Doctor, Reverend or Esquire or any abbreviations.