Notary Public Training and Helpful Advice

Notary Public Training is not that hard if you initially understand a few basic concepts and you have some helpful advice.I have notarized thousands of documents and will share with you some unbiased advice from years of experience.

This is not a training site, but a few short tips will take you a long way...so here we go. There are several steps that I would like to recommend to save youtime and money.

First, contact the state official who oversees the notary commissions. Usually, this is the Secretary of State. Best place to start is on the web where you should download all requirements. If you can download the requirements, do so then review and go to the next step. If you cannot download therequirements, then call the office and ask them to send you copies.

Look specifically what courses are approved for notary public training. Some states, like North Carolina, requires that you attend a one day approved course. Most other states allow online trainingor courses provided through approved vendors. Second, understand that some online courses are approved and some simply help you with your exam (informational)...don'tget caught buying the wrong course. Choose an approved course first. You would be surprised at how many notaries choose an informational course first only to find out theyhave to go back and take the approved course.

In other words, some states have required courses...take those courses first. If you feel confident in your knowledge, take the test. If not, take an online or supplemental course, they can be very helpful.

But the bottom line here is not to spend money you do not need to spend. Take the required course and sit for the exam. I would add a word of caution...New York and California have somewhat difficult exams. I would consider this while notary public training and studying. You may need some additional help from informational courses.

When I took the bar exam is I took as many practice tests as possible. This really helped. I timed each practice test with a kitchen timer just like the real test. I was shocked at how many of those same questions were on the real exam...so take as many practice exams as possible. Not only will you see learning benefits but your confidence will grow as well.


Another helpful notary public training aid is the National Notary Association.


One thing to keep in mind while you are in the process of notary public training and taking the test.

Your main job is to make sure that the person who signs the document is actually who they say they are. How? First and foremost, if you do not know the person very well (personally), you MUST look at and analyze that persons identification. Check your state requirements for what is considered proper identification. Generally, state issued drivers license or state issued ID are acceptable.

U.S. or foreign passports are acceptable. Military ID is also acceptable, if they are active duty.

Every time I see some other form of ID a red flag pops up in my mind. Then I will always ask for second form of Identification.

Frankly, almost all of the signings I have done have had at least a drivers license or other state issued ID. Mistakes are made when you fail this simple step...get proper ID!

Furthermore, you can be held liable (responsible) for this mistake. So do not take the risk. Either know who they are personally or get proper ID.


OK, have some fun and learn. We look forward to your commission and then be sure to check back here to see what you can do to make some money with your new notary public training.


Continue notary training by reviewing what to do with an impaired signer.

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