Who doesn’t to earn more money and work for themselves? Why not do something long term that will benefit you no matter where you are living? Become a notary today!
What is a Notary exactly? A person authorized to perform certain legal formalities, especially to draw up or certify contracts, deeds, and other documents for use in other jurisdictions.
Why are documents notarized? To deter fraud. An impartial witness (the Notary) ensures that the signers of documents are who they say they are and not impostors. The Notary makes sure that signers have entered into agreements knowingly and willingly. In a society in which business dealings between strangers are the norm rather than the exception, Notaries create a trustworthy environment where strangers are able to share documents with full confidence in their authenticity.
What are the qualifications? For starters, you must be 18 years or older and have a non-criminal record in the state you are living in. The cost varies between states, generally a couple hundred dollars is required to pay the applicable fees. Costs include training, exams, background screenings, supplies, and the cost of your bond. Additional to the background check, if a Notary is to become a Notary Signing Agent, you will need a separate background screening to meet industry standards. The supplies a Notary needs range from certificates, seals for stamping, and possibly most important of all a journal.
Many people become Notaries because they’re entrepreneurs and starting their own mobile Notary Signing business sounds appealing. These individuals then become independent contractors who earn money by witnessing mortgage signings, trust documents, and perform a large variety of tasks.
Here are 10 simple tasks to complete to become a Notary:
- Make sure you meet all of your state’s qualifications.
- Complete and submit an application.
- Pay the state’s filing fee.
- Get training from an approved education vendor (if applicable).
- Pass a state-administered exam (if applicable).
- Complete fingerprinting and background check (if applicable).
- Receive your commission certificate from the state.
- Get your surety bond (if applicable).
- File your commission paperwork (and bond) with your Notary regulating official
- Buy your Notary supplies.