Vermont notaries public are appointed by county assistant judges, who may appoint as many notaries public for their respective counties “as the public good requires” (24 V.S.A. § 441). Notaries public hold office until ten days after the expiration of the term of office of such judges, and their jurisdiction shall extend throughout the state.
Immediately after the appointment of a notary public, county clerks are required to send a copy of the appointment and oath to the Secretary of State for filing. Upon request, the Secretary of State may certify the appointment, qualification, and signature of a notary public. The Secretary of State does not appoint, commission, regulate, or discipline notaries public.