We are living in a world where there is always a transaction being made everyday. And we all know that when there is an agreement, there is also the signing of documents. This is where notaries public come in. A notary public’s job is to make sure that the people who are signing the legal papers are themselves. In short, a notary acts as a witness to the parties signing the documents.
A notary public may earn as little as $5 and as high as $20 or more — depending on the type of documents being notarized. The rate varies in each state. You can check your Secretary of State’s notary department to inquire on the latest notary rates in your area.
If you are at least 18 years old and interested to become a notary public and earn some extra money on the side, you can start by following the steps below:
- Visit your Secretary of State’s website and find out what are their requirements to become a notary public.
- Once you meet all the required qualifications, obtain a notary application form and completely fill it out.
- Pay the required fees, or procure any bond that is needed.
- Take up notary seminars or examinations offered by your state or from any state-approved notary vendors.
- After completing all the requirements, submit your application and fees to the Secretary of State’s office.
- Once you passed the application process, you will then receive your notary commission.
The notary application steps may vary in each state, so make sure to call your Secretary of State’s office or visit their website to get the complete application procedure.
The notary public’s job may sound so easy at first glance, however, you have take note that there is a set of laws that you need to uphold in order to perform your duties and responsibilities properly. If you take care of your reputation as a notary public, you may have something that will give you some decent amount of extra income for a few years.
Casey Likeness is the Director of Support for FindNotary.com and has published a number notary-related article. Follow him on Twitter – @NotaryFind.