How Do You Become a Notary Public?

If you’ve ever retained the services of a notary public in connection with a mortgage, real estate transaction, estate plan, structured settlement or other transaction, you know the importance of this role. The position of a notary public in society dates back centuries; it’s such an honored, respected profession that notaries were instrumental in our early days as American colonies, and then later as a new nation seeking to cement itself as an international trade resource. Today, the job is rewarding and will keep you busy as you act as an impartial witness to execution of important documents. Fortunately, the requirements to become a notary public are straightforward.

Using Credible Witnesses

As a notary professional, you know your job is a critical one intended to help prevent fraud in certain transactions. You are an impartial witness to the execution of documents in situations where wrongdoing may otherwise occur, such as by the signatories misrepresenting their identity for personal gain. This is why part of the notary process is to verify identity by checking identification, according to the acceptable ID list under the laws of each state.

However, situations often arise where one or more of the signers of a document doesn’t have ID, and it’s either impossible or impractical to obtain it. You can’t expect an elderly or disabled person to go get a driver’s license or state-issued ID, especially when the individual’s physical condition results in immobility. So what do you do as a notary professional? The answer is using credible witnesses to verify the identity of the signatory, and here’s how you do it.

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