Social Engagement: High
What’s What: Impartial notaries perform a necessary function at important times in the lives of others. Put your own stamp on a flexible business.
Amava Take: When people sign important documents, someone has to verify their identity and willingness to sign. Notaries, by nature, are impartial. They cannot act in a situation if they have any personal interest. Notaries are official representatives of the state they work in, and people could not convey real estate, grant powers of attorney, establish prenuptial agreements, or perform a multitude of other activities that enable our civil society to function without them. These days, more and more notarizations happen remotely, which means even more flexibility for you if you become a Notary.
From the Front Lines:
What kinds of people make good Notaries?
You know those “dot the i’s and cross the t’s” people? Them.
Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?
Taking the right course is about more than just learning. It also can set you up for success.
What’s a typical daily schedule like?
You run the show and set your own appointments. More than ever, this can be virtual.
From the Trenches:
What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?
It’s great to help people move things forward and keep their lives organized.
How would you describe the hard parts?
Some moments of life that get documented are less happy, but they are all necessary.
What surprised you the most about the experience?
For something that seems so cut-and-dried, it is actually a nice way to connect with other people.
Special Requirements: The exact qualifications for who can become a Notary differs from state to state. In general, Notary applicants must be 18 years old and a legal resident of the state with no criminal record. Some states require Notary applicants to read and write English. Some states also allow residents of neighboring states to become Notaries.
States that require Notary training are: California, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon and Pennsylvania. Delaware requires training and continuing education for electronic Notaries.
States that require Notary applicants to pass a test are: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon and Utah. All required Notary training must be approved by the state, so – as long as it is an approved course – the basics required by the state will be covered in the training.
Find out more about Notary training in your state.
Finding a Position: Become a Notary in your state by meeting the eligibility requirements and following the process. It varies by state, but in general starts with an application, paying the fee, taking a training course or passing an exam, filling a bond and oath of office, and buying Notary supplies. Once you’re up and running, promote yourself online and in your community and list yourself on sites that help connect notaries with people who need them.