Your Guide to Becoming a Notary Public and Notary Exams

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Step by Step Guide to Becoming A Notary

Your how to guide to become a notary public.

Step by Step Guide to Becoming A Notary

A notary or notary public is an official public servant who is appointed by the Governor of the state, the Lieutenant Governor or the Secretary of State in most states. The most common duties and responsibilities of a notary public is to witness the signature of official document and to give oaths. Use the step by step guide below to understand how to become a notary public and start a successful career as a notary.

  • Step 1:

    Ensure You Meet the Requirement for Becoming a Notary Public
    There are certain requirements that you must meet in order to become an official notary. Every state has its own specific requirements which you can find here. Generally you must be over the age of 18 and be an official legal resident of the state. Find your state's notary public requirements.
  • Step 2:

    Understand the Process for Becoming a Notary in Your State
    In most states, there are multiple requirements for becoming a notary which usually include a notary application, notary exam, background check, fee, and bond. It is important that you fully understand the process at the start of your journey to become a notary. Find specific information about state notary exams and each state's requirements and process.
  • Step 3:

    Obtain and Submit the Notary Application
    Each state requires that you submit an application to become a notary public. You can obtain the state application through your state office. Find your state's notary public application.
  • Step 4:

    Prepare for and Pass State Notary Exams
    In some states you must pass a notary exam in order to become an official notary public, and sometimes are required to take a notary class. Find information about your state's notary tests and notary classes.
  • Step 5:

    Pay Applicable Notary Application Fees and Notary Bonds to Become a Notary
    Once you passed the notary exam and met all official notary public requirements, you will have to pay a fee to process your notary application. In many state you will also have to pay a bond at this time. This bond ensures that you will perform your duties as a notary in accordance with state laws. Find information about notary fees in your state and bond requirements.
  • Step 6:

    Take an Oath of Office to Become a Notary Public
    Once you have passed your notary exam and met all requirements, you will have to take an oath of office and be sworn into your position as a notary public. Normally you will do this in front of another notary public.
  • Step 7:

    Purchase Your Official Notary Seal and Other Notary Supplies
    In all states, you will need to purchase an official notary embossing seal or rubber stamp seal with reproducible ink in order to conduct your notary services. Many states will also require that you purchase a notary journal to verify documents.
  • Step 8:

    Start Your Career as a Notary Public
    You are now ready to begin your career as a notary public. It is important to begin promoting your business in your community so you can build your clientele. Read Ten Tips for Starting a Successful Notary Business.