Thu. Jun 20th, 2024

3 Frequently Asked Questions About Becoming a Notary

Over four million people are Notaries in the United States. Many people who are interested in becoming a notary have questions about the process. These are three of the most common.

  1. What Supplies Do Notaries Need?

Notaries need certificates, a journal for keeping records of notarizations and notary seals to stamp certificates. The Notary journal is not a requirement in most states but is still a good idea because keeping records protects both the Notary and the public. There are different certificates for different types of notarizations. Since you may not need every type, instead of keeping a stock of different certificates on hand it may be better to download certificates online as needed. In addition to the state-required supplies, Notary supply stores carry a range of optional supplies that can make doing the job easier.

  1. What Are the Requirements To Become a Notary?

The requirements vary depending on what state you live in. In most states, you must be at least 18 years old and legally reside in the state.  Persons with a criminal record may be disqualified. Your state may require you to be able to communicate fluently in written and spoken English. Certain states allow people who live in nearby states to become Notaries. The website for the Secretary of State in your state may have information on your specific requirements.

  1. Do You Need Specific Training?

Some states require specific Notary training to become a Notary. In these states, you need to take a training course that has been approved by the state. In states without a training requirement, it may still be helpful to take educational courses.  

Becoming a Notary can be a good way to enhance your resume or earn a little extra money on the side. The process of becoming a Notary varies by state but is fairly straightforward. Information is available online for most states.