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How to Become a Notary Public Signing Agent – Education and Exam requirements followed by Marketing your Services

June 29th, 2006

How to Become a Notary Public Signing Agent – Education and Exam requirements followed by Marketing your Services

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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.

One organization 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. 


Notary public 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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