How to Become a Public Notary

Becoming a public notary looks great on a resume and can provide one with additional income. If you’ve ever thought about becoming a public notary, check out the steps below to find out if you’ve got what it takes. Below are the common steps in the United States, however, it should be noted that some requirements for becoming a notary vary based on each specific state.

Submit an Application

Once you figure out if you meet all of your state’s requirements to become a public notary, the first thing to do is complete and submit a notary application. These applications can sometimes be filled in online or be mailed into the state notary office. Click this link to find your state’s application sending procedure.

Get Training

If your application gets accepted, the next step is to get officially trained by someone who is already a public notary. When your application is accepted, you will be put in contact with someone who does this, so you do not need to worry about trying to find someone on your own. This training usually lasts a couple of weeks at the most.

Take the State Exam

Up next comes the state exam. Like any other exam, it is important to study for this exam beforehand. You will most likely be required to take this exam in a notary’s office in person, as to reduce the odds that you are cheating. If you pass this exam, you can move onto the next step. If you do not pass, your process ends here, unless you choose to study and retake the exam at a later date.

Get Fingerprinted and a Background Check

Next, you will be required to be both fingerprinted and to get a background check. Both of these processes come with additional fees that will need to be paid upfront by you. However, these fees can later be written off on your taxes as business expenses.

File and Necessary Bonds and Paperwork

Once your background check comes back clean it’s time to file any necessary paperwork and pay your bonds. The required paperwork and bond price varies based on your state. No matter your state, you can file and pay for these bonds at your local public notary office.

Buy Notary Supplies

Lastly, it’s time to buy your notary supplies. Some common notary supplies include a variety of office stamps, a receipt book, ink pads, badges, signs, and other miscellaneous security supplies.

Once you have completed all these steps, you are ready to start your public notary business. A notary license typically lasts several years before it needs to be renewed. Good luck!