The exact process varies widely depending on where in America you live however there are a number of set steps that anyone can follow in order to begin on the path to becoming a notary public.
Firstly, if you would like to become a notary public then you need to apply to your Department of State. In the past this could require answering many untoward questions such as “Do you believe in God”. However, most states now only ask that you fill out a form with details such as: name, address, contact information, age, previous notary commissions and background.
Applying is easy and there should be a form available on your Department of State’s website. Once this form is completed you will normally be asked to pay an application fee to the local commissioning body. On average, the commissioning fee for a notary public is below $50.
Finally, once your application and fee have been accepted you will be required to take a notary public’s oath of office. In some states this will be included in the notary public’s application form while others will require that the oath be taken with a county clerk or other local official.
It is important to remember however that this process does vary dependant on what state you are in and additional steps that you may need to take to become a notary public include taking an educational course, passing a notary’s examination or obtaining a notary bond.
A notary bond is basically a form of insurance required in some states in order to protect members of the general public in case of a notary public’s misconduct. It requires a one-time payment and ensures that the notary public is safe to practice loan signing and attestation. Most states now require that a notary purchase a notary bond before beginning to practice.