Notary Tips

Top Five Notary Signing Agent Mistakes

by American Association of Notaries
Humans make mistakes. We just can't be right 100% of the time. With repetition and sound practices, however, most mistakes made can be eliminated. Here are the top mistakes notary signing agents make so you can be on the lookout. (more...)

How do I become a notary in the State of Arkansas

by American Association of Notaries
Compared to other states, Arkansas State has few eligibility requirements to become an Arkansas notary. Any Arkansas resident 18 years of age or older with no felony convictions is eligible to apply to become a Arkansas notary public. The information listed below will guide you step-by-step on how to become an Arkansas notary. (more...)

How do I become a notary in the State of Arizona

by American Association of Notaries
Compared to other states, Arizona State has few eligibility requirements to become an Arizona notary. Any Arizona resident 18 years of age or older with no felony convictions is eligible to apply to become an Arizona notary. The information listed below will guide you step-by-step on how to become an Arizona notary. (more...)

How to Become an Illinois Notary

by American Association of Notaries
Compared to other states, Illinois State has few eligibility requirements to become an Illinois notary. Any Illinois resident 18 years of age or older with no felony convictions is eligible to apply to become an Illinois notary. The information listed below will guide you step-by-step on how to become an Illinois notary. (more...)

Is it a good idea to place a signer thumbprint impression in a notary journal?

by American Association of Notaries
Most notary journals contain a space for placing an impression of the signer's thumbprint, but is taking a thumbprint a good idea? (more...)

Tips for Getting General Notary Work

by American Association of Notaries
You have your commission, insurance, and notary supplies, and you are raring to go. But where do you go, and how do you get general notary work? Here are a few tips to get you started. (more...)
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Why Are Notary Journal Entries Important?

by American Association of Notaries
All states should require notary journals, but they don't. Texas requires them, but New Mexico doesn't, though they encourage their notaries to use them. I couldn't imagine not keeping a record of the notarial transactions I performed. Not only does recordkeeping deter fraud, but it also serves as a memory jogger and a means to cover your tracks while providing a paper trail. (more...)
Listed in: Notary Journals

How to Become a Notary Public In Florida

by American Association of Notaries
To become notary public in Florida, a Florida notary applicant must be 18 years of age or older, a legal resident of Florida, and able to read, write, and understand the English language. He or she cannot have been convicted of a felony. (more...)

Securing Your Notary Stamp May Save You a Trip to the Courthouse

by American Association of Notaries
Notaries are responsible for safeguarding their notary supplies and protecting them from fraudulent use. If your notary stamp is lost, you may have to appear before a court of law to prove that it was used fraudulently. When they are not in use, it is a good idea to keep your notary stamp and notary supplies in a locked drawer or cabinet, especially if you are an employee notary and conduct notary transactions at your place of business (more...)
Listed in: Duties of a Notary

11 Tips for Organizing Your Notary Website's Pages and Content

by American Association of Notaries
With more and more people conducting business online, building a notary website with the user in mind is important if you want to get more visitors and turn your notary website into a sales generator. (more...)
Listed in: Marketing, Website
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