How to Become a Notary Public

Did you know that you could make money through witnessing and sealing the signatures of people? You simply attest to the fact that the people who signed were who they said they were, and then stamp and seal the signatures as valid.

If you do this sort of work, you are known as a notary public. If you would like to do this sort of work, but are not sure where to begin, don’t panic. It is not that difficult. In fact, the steps for getting started are as simple, and do not require any special training or advanced education. The following article will give you some insight as to where you should begin, though each state does have its own set of requirements.

First of all, you must be an official resident of the state in which you live. You must be at least 18 years old, and you must also obtain an application. Where do you go to get one? I highly recommend starting out with the National Notary Association (NNA). Their website, www.nationalnotary.org, gives you the lowdown on each state’s eligibility requirements, and is an invaluable resource through the whole process.

Fees and Expectations

I said it was easy, but I did not say it was free. The state you live in will expect you to pay a filing fee and maybe even post a bond. You will most likely have to be fingerprinted and pass a written test to obtain eligibility. Check with your state. Know what to expect and remember that it all starts with a visit to the NNA site.

Before taking any required test from the state in which you are applying, it’s a good idea to check with your local universities or community colleges. You can usually take a workshop that will prepare you for the exam with extensive situational knowledge, as well as the particulars on laws and ethics. After you’re done with testing, send in your application per your state’s instructions.

After this, it’s as simple as waiting for the state’s approval and taking an oath in front of another notary public. At this point, you will receive a notary commission.

It’s important that you make arrangements to complete the payment schedule for your bond. It is recommended you go to a licensed insurance broker to deal with the administrative paperwork needed for completion.

After these steps have been taken, buy your official notary seal. You will probably need an official inked rubber stamp on the documents that you notarize.

Marketing Yourself As A Notary Public

You should get business cards made out and start handing them out to neighborhood businesses. Insurance agents, bankers, and lawyers, are all three top sources for marketing yourself as a notary public, as they represent the institutions that will get the most out of your work. Once the work starts pouring in, make sure you check with your state about tax requirements.

Becoming a notary public is serious business, and you can be as successful at it as you choose to be. The main things you’ll need to do is to fulfill the legal requirements and market yourself proudly. For more information, don’t forget to visit the NNA website, and good luck!


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