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If you plan to start a business in finance, law, or real estate, why not also get your notary public license? There are many benefits to becoming a notary public. Some of the activities you’d be able to attend to include:

  • administer oaths and affirmations
  • take affidavits and depositions
  • accept and certify proof of deeds, mortgages, and powers of attorney
  • demand payment of foreign and inland bills of exchange, promissory notes and obligations in writing, and protesting non-payment

To find out other benefits and duties you would have as a notary, check with your business licenses, permits & tax division.

Adding the notary function to your existing business lets you add an additional stream of income to it. Display a sign indicating that you offer notary services, and you’ll see additional customers.

How to Get Your Notary License

There are a few qualifications you’ll need to consider before studying to become a notary. First, you must be at least 18, and a legal resident of the state you plan to practice in. Next, you’ll need to study at an accredited notary program, such as the National Notary Association. There’s a fee for this program, so build it into the cost of getting your business license.

Many programs are available online, which is convenient, especially if you’re working full time. Each state has a requirement for how many hours of study you need to qualify to take the notary public exam. In California, you need 6 hours of study. Once you complete the education, you can take the exam for the notary public license.

The Notary License Exam

Bring a valid form of identification to the test, and be prepared to hand over your cell phone or other technology. No notes may be used. You’ll need to make at least 70% to pass. Once you pass the test, you’ll receive your notary public license paperwork in the mail. It’s your responsibility to purchase notary supplies, including:

  • Notary stamp or seal
  • Registry or record book
  • Handbook and guide
  • Notary bond

You’ll then be sworn in as a notary, where you agree to uphold the law. Congrats! You’re a notary public!

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