Notary Tips

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...)
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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...)
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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...)
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Using an Employer ID Number to do Notary Business

by American Association of Notaries
Let me preface this article by stating that I am not an accountant, nor do I specialize in any form of business taxes. I just did some research and decided that, instead of using my Social Security Number (SSN), I should use an Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, to do notary business. (more...)

Handling Missing Notarial Certificates

by American Association of Notaries
Most experienced notaries know that they should always keep a stack of acknowledgement and jurat notarial certificates on hand in case a client presents them with a document that does not include a notarial certificate. Unfortunately, not all notaries are experienced. There are a good number of notaries who have been working for a while and yet are not aware that a document cannot be notarized without a notarial certificate printed on or attached to the document. (more...)

Why Notary Training Is Crucial

by American Association of Notaries
There are a number of states that don't require any type of formal training to become a Notary Public. Texas is one of those states, and so is New Mexico. I have been asked during appointments, What does it take to become a Texas notary public? I have gotten to the point where I am almost embarrassed to answer this question. As notaries, we play such a vital role in the communities that we serve, it's hard to believe that there are no training requirements for some states. (more...)

The Notary Public and the Nonpaying Clients

by American Association of Notaries
If you have been a signing agent for any length of time, you have probably come across some nonpaying signing companies. Unfortunately, there are more than a few out there. Nonpaying signing companies happen to be a popular topic on many notary forums. As the signing agent industry continues to evolve, the list of non-paying signing companies continues to grow. (more...)
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New Year's "To-Do's" for Notary Professionals

by American Association of Notaries
As business owners, we are either winding down the current year or gearing up for the new year. As we do so, let's take some time out to make sure our businesses are ready for a productive 2017. Here's a list of items to review: (more...)
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