A Quick Guide to Becoming a Notary Public

A Quick Guide to Becoming a Notary Public

If you are looking for a fast path to a new line of work that can be either a full or part-time job, you need to consider becoming a notary public. Although the requirements vary according to the state that you reside in, they differ only slightly. It will only take a few weeks to complete any necessary training, and then you submit your application. Once approved, you will begin your new career.

What is a notary public?

On the most fundamental level, a notary serves as an official witness to the signing of important documents. Along with being a witness to the signing, the identities of those signing are also checked to verify that the person signing is who they say they are. These documents, then receive the official seal of the notary, and the transaction is recorded by the notary. Sometimes you will hear someone say that such and such a document must be notarized. When you hear someone say this, they are referring to the use of a notary public. It is a job that is always in demand.

Basic requirements

You will need to be at least 18 years of age. You cannot have a felony on your record, and don’t try to lie about this because you will be subjected to a background check. You will also need to reside in the state that you are seeking a license in. After this, you will be required to complete a certain number of hours of training, or more likely, a specific class or online course. You will earn a certificate that your state will want to see. You will then need to apply for your license and pay a notary application fee. Once you are accepted by the state, you will be an official notary.

Things you will need

Before you begin your notary practice you will need several supplies. The most important will be an official notary seal. There are various styles and designs, but you will need to order them from a retailer, either locally or online. They have self-inking stamps and also the seals that make impressions onto the paper. You will need a notary record book where you can record all transactions. You will be required by your state to be bonded, so you will need this as well as surety insurance.

It doesn’t take that long to do everything mentioned above, and if you want, you can still keep your day job. It might be worth thinking about.