How do you become a licensed notary?


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Some states require that you take an education course on notary practices to become licensed. Others require that you pass a notary test. The State Governor, the Secretary of State or the Lieutenant Governor typically have the authority to commission licensed notaries.

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Look at your state's licensed notary website or contact your state's notary public administrator to learn your state's specific education requirements.

The states that require you to take a test to become a licensed notary are District of Colombia, Hawaii, Connecticut, Mane, Louisiana, New York, Nebraska and Utah, as of 2015.

To be licensed, you must take both a notary education course and a test if you live in Oregon, Colorado, North Carolina or California.

A circuit judge or county clerk's office may have to start the application process in some states. Most states require you to obtain a bond to become a licensed notary, so that a client is financially reimbursed if he or she suffers a loss from improper notarization.

There are fees involved in becoming a licensed notary. The authority who appoints you charges a processing fee for the application and for printing the certificate of notary commission. The fee varies among different commissioning jurisdictions.

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