August 28th, 2012
So you want to become a notary in the Silver State? Make sure that you are in fact residing in Nevada, or employed therein. If you’re residing in the neighboring states, then you are still eligible to apply to become a Nevada notary. Aside from your residency or employment status, you must also be at least 18 years old, and have never committed any major crimes.
Another step that you need to take is to read the Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 240 – Notaries Public in order to get yourself fully knowledgeable in what you are getting into. By familiarizing yourself with the notary law and procedures, you can become more comfortable with your new title.
Once appointed by the Secretary of State, you can then perform notary services for a total term of four (4) years. You will earn at least $5.00 for every signature that you affixed on any document like acknowledgments and jurats. You can charge another $2.50 for each additional signature.
August 21st, 2012
In real estate transactions, it is important that you a have notary public present during the signing of documents to protect you from fraud. Real estate related documents are susceptible to fraud — that’s why you need a notary public to establish that the parties signing the document are indeed themselves.
Notary signing agents are the ones who are specially trained to handle and notarize real estate documents. They are basically commissioned notaries public whose primary roles are to witness and notarize the signatures of the person involved in documents like real estate loan transactions. They are also very knowledgeable in presenting real estate documents.
Aside from their expertise in notarizing legal agreements, notaries public who are also signing agents undergo a specialized training to obtain their certifications, which is currently provided by private associations and organizations. It is important to note that there are still no state, federal, or government body that regulates the licensing of notary signing agents.
July 20th, 2012
If you happen to be a U.S. citizen who is currently situated in a foreign country and needs to have a document notarized, chances are, you are now looking for information on how to get notarized abroad. Fortunately, the United States government and private companies have placed a way for people like you to get notarized overseas. You can either find a U.S. Embassy in the country where you are presently located or you can notarize online. The notary services are also available for non-U.S. citizens if they have documents that are to be used in the United States.
Getting in contact with an online notary is very easy. All you need is a computer and a webcam. Just upload the document you need notarized and connect to SignNow. You will connect to a notary in the United States and can complete your notarization in minutes from any where in the country you are.
If you decide to go the US Embassy route and find it, all you need to do is locate any Consular Official and request for a notary service. The consular officer has the same functions of a notary public in the United States. That is the reason why you still need to personally appear before the consular officer and provide any valid proof of identification, or provide a witness if needed. Regarding witnesses, it is not allowed to have any Embassy staff to stand as your witness — you will need to bring someone who is not connected with the Embassy.
June 29th, 2012
The New Jersey State Treasurer’s Office accepts all notary public applicants who are at least 18 years of age or older; a resident or employed in the State of New Jersey; never been convicted of felony; and able to speak, read, and write the English language. Each applicant for notary public position is recommended to review the New Jersey Notary Public Manual to fully understand all the notary duties and responsibilities.
If you are eligible to apply as a notary public, you may proceed with the notary application procedures. First, you need to completely fill out the notary application form. After completing the application form, obtain a recommendation from any member of the Legislature. Before submitting the form, you need first to attached a filing fee of $25.00 through check, and make it payable to “Treasurer, State of New Jersey”. You can then mail all the requirements to: Notary Public Section, P.O. Box 452, Trenton, NJ 08646. If you passed the application process, you are going to receive a Notary Public Commission Certificate and Oath Qualification Certificate from the Office of the State Treasurer.
June 19th, 2012
“How do you get a document notarized overseas?” is the frequently asked question of many U.S. citizens living in a foreign country. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of State has stated that any consular officials at any consulate overseas or U.S. embassy are permitted to perform notarial acts. The notarial services provided by the consular officials are similar to that of any notary public in the United States. Alternatively, you can also bring your document to any local foreign notary to have it notarized and then have it authenticated by the designated foreign authority — given that that country has participated in 1961’s Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirements of Legalization of Foreign Public Documents.
The “notarizing officers” who are granted the rights to perform notarial services at a U.S. embassy or consulate includes officers of the Foreign Service (secretaries of embassy), consular officers, and any U.S. citizen employees designated by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Overseas Citizens Services to perform notarial acts.
June 18th, 2012
The Secretary of State’s Office in Texas is the one responsible for the appointment and commissioning of any person who wish to become a Texas notary public. You are eligible to apply as a notary in Texas in you are at least 18 years of age or older; a legal resident of Texas; able to speak, read, and write the English language; and have never been convicted of any major convictions.
To fully understand all the duties and responsibilities of a Texas notary public, it is recommended that you read the Texas Notary Public Educational Information.
After reviewing the notary manual and meeting all the required qualifications, you can now start with the application process. For starters, you have to obtain a $10,000 surety bond from an insurance or surety firm. Get the Appointment as Texas Notary Public Application from the Secretary of State’s Office and completely fill out the form. Also, you have to attached a $21.00 application fee through money order or check, which is made payable to “Secretary of State”. You can then send all the required documents together with the application fee to: Secretary of State, Notary Public Unit, P.O. Box 13375, Austin, TX 78711-3375. Once the Secretary of State’s Office approves your application, they will send a notary commission to you.
June 4th, 2012
Want more leads? Want more business? Google Plus is a no brainer!
Google Plus (or Google+) is one of the best ways to promote your notary business. Google is obviously the #1 search engine on the internet so why wouldn’t you list your company there and link to all of your websites and listings?
If you’re new to Google Plus, just sign into your Gmail account (or create a Gmail account) and create a Google Plus profile. If you have a Google Plus profile, just log into your account.
Once you are into your account, we can get into the fun stuff aka promoting your notary business.
May 30th, 2012
The Secretary of Commonwealth in Virginia accepts all applications for notary public from any resident in the State of Virginia who are at least 18 years of age or older; able to speak, read, and write English; and never committed any major convictions. Applicants need to choose from the two kinds of notary public commissions offered by the State: the Traditional and Electronic Notary Public. Also, applicants are required to review the Virginia Notary Handbook to fully understand the notary procedures in Virginia.
After meeting all the qualifications required by the Secretary of Commonwealth’s Office, you can now start taking the Online Notary Application Wizard or download the PDF version of the application form. Pay an application fee of $45.00 to “Treasurer of Virginia” via check or money order. Send your application form together with the application fee to: Secretary of Commonwealth, Notary Division, P.O. Box 1795, Richmond, VA 23218-1795. If your application is approved, the Notary Division will send your notary commission certificate.
May 25th, 2012
The Secretary of State in California accepts all notary public applicants who are resident of California, at least 18 years old, passed the background check, and completed both the approved notary education course and written exam. Before starting your application process, it is important that you read first the California Notary Public Handbook, which contains all the things you need to know about notary public laws; and will also help you prepare for the notary exam.
If you meet all the required qualifications to become a California notary public, you can then proceed with the application. You have to complete the approved six-hour notary course. After completing the course, obtain the application form and complete information of the notary exam. You can then register for the written exam. Upon taking the exam, make sure to bring all the required documents, plus $20.00 for the application fee, and another $20.00 for the exam fee. You can pay the fees via check or money order made payable to “Secretary of State”. If you passed the exam, proceed to submit your fingerprints via Live Scan. After completing all the application steps, the Secretary of State’s Office will send your notary commission packet.
May 25th, 2012
The Florida Department of State accepts all applicants for notary public who are at least 18 years of age or older, a resident of the state of Florida, have no felony convictions, and are able to speak, read, and write the English language.
Notary public application in Florida is quite different from other States because the Notary Commissions and Certifications Section does not accept or distribute application forms. To be able to apply as a Florida notary public, you must first look for a State-approved bonding company, which is going to be the one to process your application.