The requirements for a Texas Notary are similar to other states with one big exception. That exception involves the record book that requires some information that you usually do not see required in other states. I have listed those specific record book requirements below.
In order to become a Texas Notary you must meet the following requirements:
* Be 18 years old.
* Be a resident of Texas
* Have no criminal record of moral turpitude
* Have a notary seal
* Keep a Record Book
* Keep a Fee Book
* $10,000.00 Bond
To leave Texas Notary and see more information on bonds, click here.
A Texas Notary Record Book must keep a record of the following for each transaction:
* Date each instrument notarized
* Date of notarization
* Name of signer, grantor or maker
* Signer's residence
* Whether the signer is personally known or identified by government ID or passport or introduced to the notary public, and if introduced, name and residence of the introducer. (I tried to make this paragraph simpler, but this is the best I could do)
* If the instrument was proved by a witness, residence of the witness and whether personally known or introduced. If introduced, name and address of the person who introduced the witness.
* Name and adress of Grantee
* If conveying land, name and residence of the original Grantee and county where land is located.
* Brief description of the instrument.
Also, please note that state law prohibits recording the identification number of the government issued ID. This is because the notary record book is considered a public record.
Notaries Public may charge the following fees:
* Protesting a bill or note for non-acceptance or non-payment, register and seal - $ 4.00
* Each notice of protest - $ 1.00
* Protesting in all other cases - $ 4.00
Certificate and seal to a protest - $ 4.00
* Taking the acknowledgment or proof of any deed or other instrument in writing, for registration, including certificate and seal:
(1) for the first signature $ 6.00
(2) for each additional signature $ 1.00
* Administering an oath or affirmation with certificate and seal - $ 6.00
* All certificates under seal not otherwise provided for - $6.00
* Copies of all records and papers in the Notary Public's office, for each page - $.50
* Taking the depositions of witnesses, for each 100 words - $.50
* Swearing a witness to a deposition, certificate, seal, and other business connected with taking the deposition - $ 6.00
* All notarial acts not provided for - $ 6.00
Interesting to note that Texas Notaries may certify copies of documents that are non-recordable. In other words, if the document can be recorded with a government agency, such as a deed or a marriage license, the notary can not certify the copy.
A Texas Notary may certify all other documents, such as a letter.
Notaries are asked to direct those seeking certified copies of documents that are recordable to go directly to the government agency that is responsible for recording and storing the document. When you think about it, this makes sense.