When it comes to becoming a notary, there are people who are confused as to what this would all entail. Luckily, it is not that difficult so long as you meet all of the standards required of the position. Here is what needs to be done to become a notary public.
1. The very basic requirements of how to become a notary are being at least 18 years of age, being a United States citizen and being able to read, speak, and write English. There may be other basic requirements depending on what state you live in so be sure to check with the Secretary of State website.
2. Most states will require you to take a notary public education course. The course typically lasts for about 3 or 4 hours. They will dissect all of the various responsibilities that the notary will have, as well as any state laws that pertain to these duties. The fee will depend entirely upon which state you live in. Some states offer the course for free while others charge a nominal fee to take it, typically well under $50.
3. After you pass the test, you will need to acquire a surety bond. There are many companies which provide this service so make sure to do the research before settling on just any company. The surety bond is meant as a financial guarantee that you will be able to cover someone’s losses that can be proven to be from your negligence. It is basically insurance against any errors.
As you can see, it is really not that difficult to become a notary, you just have to put in the time and effort. After that, you will be able to make a nice side living from being a notary public.