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Notary Public

Resources | 20 December 2021

If you’re planning to sign important documents, you may need them to be notarized by a notary public.

Do You Need a Notary Public?

A Notary Public is a public official appointed by the state government to witness the signing of common documents such as:

  • Property deeds.
  • Some loan documents.
  • Wills, trusts, advanced directives and executorships.
  • Marital Settlement Agreements
  • Powers of attorney.
  • Employment contracts.
  • Commercial leases.

Notaries are trained to be impartial, avoiding any conflicts of interest, and are not allowed to discriminate. They can only work within the state in which they are commissioned, which includes notarizing a document in one state for use in the other.

How Much Do Notary Publics Make?

The exact amount a notary public earns depends on a few factors, such as state, experience, and working status. Many full time notaries report earning anywhere from $50 to $200 per signing appointment.

Where Can I Find a Notary Public?

Notary publics can be found virtually anywhere. Most businesses that provide legal services also provide notary services. If you want to work exclusively with a notary only business, or want a notary public with experience in a certain area, use your search engine to find local notaries that fit your qualifications.

How to Become a Notary Public

The process for becoming a notary public varies from state to state, but here is the general process for becoming a notary.

  1. Meet State Requirements
  2. Submit an Application and Pay Filing Fee
  3. Take a State Approved Course
  4. Pass a State Approved Exam
  5. File Commission Paperwork
  6. Purchase Any Needed Supplies

How to Become a Notary Public in California

To become  a notary public in the state of California, follow these steps.

  1. Meet State Requirements
  2. Take a 6 Hour State Approved Class
  3. Complete an Application
  4. Pass a State Administered Exam
  5. Provide Fingerprints for Background Check
  6. Receive Your Commission Certificate
  7. Obtain a Surety Bond
  8. File Your Bond and Oath
  9. Purchase a Notary Stamp and Journal

What are the California State Requirements for Becoming a Notary?

In the state of California, a notary must be at least 18 years old, a  legal resident of California, and without a criminal record. 

Do You Need a Notary Public?

Have your important documents notarized helps reduce fraud by verifying the identity of the signer, usually by checking a government issued photo ID.

If you need a Notary Public to witness a document, contact us today.