On our notary blog, we cover many frequently asked notary questions to help you best understand the notary industry. In addition, we have our Notary Forum so that notaries and people looking for notaries can interact with each other, and get as many of their questions answered quickly and by professionals. Here we are going to cover some high-level questions:
What is a notary? A public official known as a notary performs services in everyday life that gives agreements legal backing and proof. They have done the training and been approved by the state to acknowledge signatures, conduct oaths and affirmations and issue subpoenas in law
How do I become a notary? Many people wonder how to become a notary in the United States. It is relatively easy to become a notary as long as you pass a simple test and a background check. You need to be a resident of the state that you are applying to and at least 18 years of age or older. There is a an application to be completed, a fee to pay to the commissioning authority, obtaining a notary bond and the last step would be to take an oath of office at your county clerk’s office. Every state will have different requirements so it is important to check with your state office.
What is the difference between notary public insurance and notary public bond? Insurance protects a notary from financial liability if he/she makes an error when performing the notary duties. The notary bond only protects the public not the notary. The notary can obtain a bond from an insurance company but is also able to to submit personal property as security.
What is a notary seal? During the procedure a notary’s signature is required but also a seal. This is evidence that the signature is valid and that the person that is witnessing is a current notary public.
How long is the term for a notary? The term of office for a notary is four years. The notary is able to contact the clerk’s office to find out the exact procedures for renewing.
What is a mobile notary? This is a notary that is just what it sounds like. He/she is mobile. This means that he/she will travel to different locations to perform notary services. This may result in an extra charge for travel expenses such as mileage.
Where can I find a notary? Finding a notary is simple. We of course recommend using FindNotary, but they can be found a county offices, financial institutions, and courthouses as well. Also, many mailing centers, such as UPS and post offices have notaries, too.
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