Notary Tips

Resources to Help with Your Notary Business

by American Association of Notaries
I receive numerous phone calls and emails from notaries and other people who are interested in starting their own notary public businesses. These inquires come from all over the United States. They all want to know how to get their businesses started. (more...)
Listed in: Marketing, Mobile Notary

Can you notarize this photograph?

by American Association of Notaries
A notary should be prepared to explain to a client that notary law does not allow notaries merely to place their official notary seal and official notary signature on a document or photo in order to make it acceptable by the receiving party. A notary is almost always required to administer an oath or take an acknowledgment and complete a notarial certificate pertaining to the notarial act he or she performed. (more...)

What is in Your Notary Bag?

by American Association of Notaries
As notaries, we cannot do our jobs without the proper notary supplies. One of the most important tools in our arsenal of notary supplies is the notary stamp. While every state has different requirements for notaries, the notary stamps, seals, notary journals and other notary supplies are pretty standard. (more...)
Listed in: Notary Supplies

Marketing to Title Companies

by American Association of Notaries
Like most notary signing agents, I went through the drill of contacting all of the four- and five-star signing companies listed on one of the well known signing agent directories. After I got a couple of years of experience under my belt, I decided to narrow my marketing efforts to local title companies. (more...)

How Much Do You Charge for Notary Services?

by American Association of Notaries
This is a somewhat sticky question for mobile notaries. Why? Well, how much you charge depends on a number of factors. (more...)

Professional Notary Website Appearance - Why You Need A Website

by American Association of Notaries
Personally, I believe that first impressions are lasting impressions. As signing agents, many of our first impressions are made on the internet. (more...)

Legal by Notarization

by American Association of Notaries
I honestly cannot count the number of times I've been asked the question, Once you notarize my document, will it be legal? If I were to guess, I'd say I'm asked at least once a week (during a slow week). It seems people feel that a notary public can do the same thing an attorney does, but at a cheaper price. (more...)

New! Online Notary Courses for AZ, CO, and TX - ONLY $25.00

by American Association of Notaries
Notaries in Arizona, Colorado, and Texas now have the option to get the notary education they need from the comfort of their own homes or offices 24/7. These courses will provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform your notarial duties according to your state's notary laws and the established standards of sound notary practices. (more...)

Unauthorized Practice of Law -- Why ONLY Attorneys May Give Legal Advice

by American Association of Notaries
If you spend any time reading about notary duties, you will see many statements that a notary must avoid giving legal advice. What is legal advice? (more...)

Hospital Notary Work

by American Association of Notaries
When a notary public is asked to travel to a hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation facility, this is referred to as hospital notary work. It is a type of mobile notary work that can be very rewarding or very frustrating, depending on the circumstances. (more...)
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Legal disclaimer: The American Association of Notaries seeks to provide timely articles for notaries to assist them with information and ideas for managing their notary businesses, enhancing their notary educations, and securing their notary supplies but makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained . Information in this article is not intended as legal advice. We are not attorneys. We do not pretend to be attorneys. Though we will sometimes provide information regarding federal laws and statutes and the laws and statutes of each state, we have gathered the information from a variety of sources. We do not warrant the information gathered from those sources. It is your responsibility to know the appropriate laws governing your state. Notaries are advised to seek the advice of an attorney in their state if they have legal questions about how to notarize.
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