HOW TO BECOME A NOTARY

Updated: Nov 18, 2021

Ever wonder what it entails to become a notary loan signing agent? I did too.


 



If you have clicked on this blog, then you are probably as lost as I was when I started my journey towards becoming a notary. Where to begin? What were the necessary steps to become a notary? What happens after I get my notary license? How do I get jobs? The questions came in faster than I could get answers. I learned everything the hard way as there was no one to guide me. Lucky for you, I am here to share how I became a notary. You might be completely clueless on where to start and believe me that’s completely alright. Just stick with me till the end and I promise you will end up with a lot more clarity on where to begin. Baby steps my friend.


“It is very easy and takes only a few steps to become a licensed notary.”

There are a variety of documents that you could notarize and in order to do so, you only need one license.


Getting Your License


Getting your #license is not as intimidating as it seems.


Research your states requirements to become a notary


Before taking your first step towards becoming a notary, it is important that you do some research on your state’s requirements regarding who can become a notary. Every state has a different process, and it can be tedious to start researching and culling together all the information. The difficult path would be to get on the internet and look for the requirements on your Secretary of State’s website. The easiest way would be to enroll in my course as I cover the necessary steps involved in every state.


Fill out the application form


After you are done with your research, you will need to fill out the application form. There are states that require you to obtain a surety bond in order to submit your application. You must be wondering, what is a surety bond? A surety bond is a bond that exists to protect individuals from fraudulent mistakes or misconduct carried out by the notary. You can obtain one through any private insurance company or from the national notary association website (NNA). The bond amount for which you need coverage again varies per state and you can find that information through the application process.


Training and exam


Some states require you to get the necessary training and education requirements before becoming a notary. For example, in Oregon you need to complete the mandatory training course and exam before you can apply for your license. I have personally encountered some tough situations as a notary and believe me, the training helps you in dealing with such situations. You may also need to pass an exam but it again depends on the state where you are applying to become a notary. The submission of the application comes with a small filing fee which varies from state to state, so expect to have your application notarized and submit it with the fee. Once you have completed those steps, you're done!


Now, you wait. #waitingishard


The next step is the hardest as all you need to do is wait for your application to get approved. Keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best. I have been in this industry long enough to understand that the demand for a notary public is on the rise and this could be your chance to become one. You could be one of the notarizes stamping important documents like powers of attorney, affidavits, refinances, HELOC, etc. Just have some determination and take your first step.


How long will you wait? It depends on how backlogged the applications are and how fast they can process them. It can take anywhere from a week to a couple months. Check out what to do while waiting for your license.



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