Things to Know About Becoming a Notary Public
There are many good reasons to become a notary. Sometimes it is an added service for a business you are already operating, but it also is something an individual can use as an added skill when they are looking for employment. It can also become a business all by itself. One popular service of a notary today is one that is mobile. This simply means that the notary comes directly to the customer. A mobile service is becoming increasingly popular, and some people are able to offer the service part time, making money on the side while they keep their full time jobs.
Qualifications of a notary
The qualifications to become a notary will vary from one state to another, but the qualifications that states have in common are that you are 18 years old, a citizen or legal resident, have no criminal record and be living in the state you will operate in. This latter requirement some states will extend to neighboring states. There is often a course requirement of some sort because you need to learn and understand the procedure that must be followed.
Learning about the profession
Most states do not have any educational or required courses to take in order to become a notary. However, it is still a good idea to learn what is necessary to do the job correctly. In states where there is no requirement, there is usually a course, although optional, that is available from the government. It is a good idea to take it. There are even courses available online.
Applying for a notary
There is usually an application fee, and you will also, upon approval, need to purchase a notary stamp and seal package. This will include a record book and a seal. You will also need to be bonded, at least in some states. If you are living in a state where it is not required, you should still consider a surety bond. The reason why certain states have bonding requirements is due to lawsuits. It is better to protect yourself with a surety bond even when there is no state requirement. It is also a good idea to get notary errors and omissions insurance coverage.
Keep in mind that becoming a notary carries with it a lot of responsibility. Make sure you understand your state’s requirements, and consider going beyond them, especially with education and bonding.
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