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How to Become a Notary Public

While procedures differ from state to state, the general steps to become a Notary are:

  1. Make sure you meet all of your state's qualifications.

  2. Complete and submit an application.

  3. Pay the state's filing fee.

  4. Get training from an approved education vendor (if applicable).

  5. Pass a state-administered exam (if applicable).

  6. Complete fingerprinting and background check (if applicable).

  7. Receive your commission certificate from the state.

  8. Get your surety bond (if applicable).

  9. File your commission paperwork (and bond) with your Notary regulating official.

  10. Buy your Notary supplies


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