If you’re looking for ways to make extra money, becoming a notary public may be the side hustle for you.
In this post, I’ll share steps and tips on how to become a notary. Each of these requirements varies by state, so be sure to read to the end to find out what is required to become a notary in your state.
Although I strive to provide you with work-from-home options that make sense for moms with small kids, this particular job does require mobility.
Nonetheless, check with your state to see if they offer an online Notary commission, enabling you to notarize from home.
What is a notary public and what do they do?
A notary public is a person who serves as an impartial witness and performs notarial acts. They are appointed by the state and their duty is to help prevent fraud.
Most people are familiar with notaries signing and stamping important documents or conducting wedding ceremonies. This is only a small portion of what a notary actually does.
Notarial acts performed by notaries include, but aren’t limited to:
- Signature witnessing
- Oaths and affirmations
Like all public positions, there is a term limit for serving as a notary. This term limit varies by state and can range from 4 years to 10 years.
How to Become a Notary Public
The general steps to becoming a notary are quite simple. However, there may be some additional requirements for the state that you live in.
In general, you must:
- Meet the state’s requirements
- Submit an application
- Pay a filing fee
- Get commissioned by the state
- Purchase required notary supplies
The qualifications for a notary vary by state. However, according to the National Notary Association, the general requirements are that you be 18 years of age or older, a legal resident of the state you’re applying in, and have no felony convictions. There may also be requirements to read and write English.
Some states may require that you pass an exam & background check, while others may require a surety bond.
Does it cost?
Most states require that you pay a filing fee when you apply. This fee will vary by state.
If your state requires additional training, a background check, or even a surety bond, this could drive the cost up substantially. Additionally, you’ll also need to pay for supplies.
How much money can you make as a notary?
The amount that you can make mainly depends on two factors: the regulations of your state and the notarial acts that you perform. Travel fees may also be assessed.
Valencia Morton, a work-from-home mom, has served as a notary for three years now. As one of her many side hustles, she has made anywhere from $20 for a notarial act to several thousand dollars.
To help get customers, she joined the National Notary Association, allowing her name to go out to different companies in need of notaries.
How to Become a Notary Public by State
If you have the mobility, being a notary is another way that you can make money as a work-from-home mom. Although I wouldn’t recommend it as your main source of income, it is a great option for making money on the side.
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