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Monday, April 14, 2014

How To Become a Notary Public

A Notary Public is an official of integrity appointed by state government – typically by the secretary of state – to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents.  These official acts are call notarizations or notarial acts.

Sensitive documents – such as property deeds, wills and powers of attorney are some of the documents that a Notary Public will witness.  Some documents may even require the Notary to place the signer under an oath declaring under penalty of perjury that the information contained in a document is true and correct.

Notary Public’s can trace their history back to the ancient Roman Republic around 100 BC. Where they were called scribes, writers or notaries.  Notaries are easily the oldest continuing branch of the legal profession worldwide.

To become a Notary Public, the requirements depend on what state you reside in.  In 32 of our 50 states, the main requirements are to fill out a form and pay a fee, and many states have restrictions concerning notaries with criminal histories.  In 18 states notaries are required to take a course, pass an exam, or both.  Check with your state for specific notary requirements where you reside.

As well, most states require the Notary Public to be bonded, to protect the public from negligent acts by a Notary in carrying out their duties.

Ashton Agency can help you become a Notary Public in most states.  Ashton has been serving the bonding needs of businesses across America for over 45 years.  Call (800) 451-4854 to speak with one of our customer service representatives, or visit our website at

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