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Notary Applications: Denied or Rejected, What’s the Difference?

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No one wants to hear it, but it does happen—your notary application was rejected or denied. They aren’t the same thing, though. Different procedures have to be used for each, and the severity of each differs.

Denied When an application is denied, the Governor’s Office usually does not inform the bonding agency the reason of the denial. They do not inform you, the applicant, either. If your application has been denied, you can re-apply one year from the date of the denied application. When re-applying they suggest you submit additional material to demonstrate your ability to serve as a notary public, but this is not a requirement.

Rejected On the other hand, if an application is rejected, the Governor’s Office usually does provide a reason. The rejection generally involves small errors, such as a lack of proper documentation or incorrect completion of the application. In these small cases, they do inform us why your application was rejected and we can work with you to ensure you have completed the process correctly. You can re-apply immediately if your application was rejected. If you complete your application with the help of NPU as your bonding agency, your application should not be rejected. We review every application before submitting it to ensure it has been completed according to Florida law.