How to Become a
Notary Public Signing Agent – Education and Exam requirements followed
by Marketing your Services
June 29th, 2006
A career as a Notary Public is usually part of another job function.
Sometimes notary publics can work with retail mailing and shipping
storefronts other times they work at the bank or at an accounting firm.
Paralegals that work at filing legal documents will also become notary
publics as part of their services that they offer. You can also
market yourself as a full-time notary public. Usually full time public
notaries will offer a mobile notary service or will be a signing agent.
Notary Public is a person that verifies the identity of the person
signing documents, contracts, or showing proof of identity. Depending
on the documents, usually legal documents, they may need to collect
fingerprints along with verifying a person’s identity and also
witnessing the signing of the document. The service can be free with
some banks, while other places can charge $25 for each notary service.
A notary public will fill out a portion of the paper work as specified
and stamp their seal on the document. They will also witness the person
sign the document after they have verified their identity.
Each state has
different requirements for becoming a notary public. California for
example, requires 6 hours of mandatory Notary training requirements
before taking the exam and also to renew their notary public status.
You also need to pass the state's comprehensive exam to show that you
know all the Notary laws and procedures.
that focuses specifically on notary public is the National Notary
Association. This organization lists all states independently. There
is another organization called United States Notary Association which
offers a forum that will help you ask questions about notary related
subjects. They also sell supplies for a notary public. The United
States Notary Association covers some states the have courses by mail,
for you to study for the exam at home.
forums are great for learning how to market your services. You will
learn about how to become a mobile notary public. They can help guide
you in pricing your services to stay competitive. Another term used to
market notary public services are mobile notary and they are also
sometimes called a signing agent.
Costs for training seminars
to become a notary public in your area can cost around $150 and
sometimes they are bundled with same day exam
for around $340. Each state will vary on the costs involved and the
training requirements to participate as a notary public.
Once you become a
notary public you will need to have a market for your services. You
might want to contact real estate agents, mailing centers, legal offices
and mortgage brokers. You could work towards expanding your career into
a paralegal service. This is often a good companion for a notary public
as there is great need for notary services with legal documents.
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