The Secretary of State will recommend denial of an application for the following reasons:
- Failure to disclose any arrest or conviction.
- Conviction of a felony where not fewer than 10 years have passed since the completion of probation;
- Conviction of a disqualifying misdemeanor where not fewer than 5 years have passed since the completion of probation.
- A determination that the facts of a particular case warrant denial, such as the nature and severity of the act or the presence of aggravating factors.
For additional information, please follow the steps to become a notary public and review the Disciplinary Guidelines.
List of Disqualifying Convictions on the SOS website.