Why Become a Notary

A lot of professions these days prove to be really worthwhile for aside from earning some money, there are also cases that you will be able to lend a helping hand to those people who need some help and being a notary is one of these rare professions.

Knowing how to and why become a notary will serve as your guide if you want to try your luck in this profession.

The Notary Publics first experienced prominence in the 1500s at the Roman Empire’s peak of power. They are being picked by the Pope or even the Archbishop of Canterbury who has a delegated authority as declared by the Pope himself. In those days, notaries are very good in foreign languages, principles as well as the practices of law. Meanwhile, in the United States, being a notary public where you have to be a witness in document signing and oath administrator does not really call for experience or special training. This is a position that can be easily secured and often, the candidate will just be required to pass a very short test and undergo some background check. And having known this, you will conclude that the job of a notary public is basically to be an impartial witness. To be specific notary public are not allowed to render any legal counsel of any kind, prepare some legal documents or even practice law.

Steps on How to Become a Notary

To be a notary public, the first thing that you have to do is to fill out your application. Provide your name, your address and the necessary contact information. You must also give the answers about your age, your residency and if you previously held any position of being a notary in the past. The procedure for application is actually different on each state. The next thing that you have to do is to pay for a fee to commissioning authority. Lastly, the applicants must have their oath of office. This can be incorporated to the application already or be simply filed to your county clerk.

Other Possible Steps

Aside from those mentioned above, you might also want to consider attending some educational course, passing an exam or even obtaining notary bond. As the procedure on application, these things will also vary depending on what state you are in. this is the reason why the applicants are being advised to consult the help of their local officials first or even contact National Notary Association to get the other essential information.

Notary Public Classes

Most states these days also offer notary public classes in order to help those who want to be notaries in the near future gain some commission. These classes will be the best way to learn more about the profession.

Appointment or Reappointment

To be appointed or reappointed as notary public, you can get the application as well as information from bonding companies which are approved to electronically pass applications to Department of State, Notary Commissions and Certifications Section.

1 Comment

  • Joydip said on June 12, 2012
    Each state has is own requirements for becoming a notary, but essentially you have to be licensed. Some states have the information on line. You might want to check to see if your state is one that does and go from there.


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