How Do You Become a Notary?


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While there are not any specific education requirements for becoming a notary public, additional requirements depend on the state in which you reside. In some states, it is beneficial for candidates to attain post-secondary education in political science. Notary training is also offered through the National Notary Association.

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How Do You Become a Notary?
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Notary training consists of online and CD courses, independent study and live seminars. Training instructs you on notary law, notary errors and state regulation. You may also be able to complete an all-inclusive course known as the Certified Notary Signing Agent Program that addresses every aspect of a notary's job responsibilities and error prevention. One you have completed the program, you may be eligible to take an exam and earn the NNA Certified Notary Signing Agent designation.

Notaries public are tasked with giving oaths and witnessing document signings. A notary might also ensure a signature is authentic and gather affidavits. A notary can also serve as an office and administrative support worker, or a court reporter. In order to qualify as a court reporter, you must complete a post-secondary training program and earn either your state license or Registered Professional Reporter certification. Minimum requirements for becoming an office and administrative support worker include a high school diploma or its equal.

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