At some time or another you’re probably going to need a notary public. If you haven’t previously, it can put you in a weird situation. Where do you find a notary public on short notice? If you want to become a notary, how do you do so? Well, here are some answers to common notary questions.

What do you need a notary for?

There’s a long list of duties for a notary, but here are some of the more common ones:

  1. Oaths
  2. Depositions/Sworn testimony
  3. Witness signatures for legal documents
  4. Acknowledgements (make obligations or responsibilities official)

How do you become a notary?

The requirements can vary by state, but in general it helps to have no felony convictions, be 18 years of age, and a legal resident. Beyond that, depending on where you live you may need to take a class or provide a sworn statement. A site like Notary Bonding can set you up regardless of what state you live in if you’d like to become a notary.

Where do I find a notary when I need one?

Most banks or law firms will have one on staff. So if you’re in a pinch, you can usually call a local bank or lawyer and they can help you out. You’ll want to make sure the notary is licensed in the state that the document pertains to, and that they’re insured.

If you want to look online, a site like Notary Rotary can help you find a local notary as well.

Any other resources or points on notaries? Let us know!

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