Training for Notaries & Signing Agents
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Mobile Notary Business Information
Getting StartedThe very first step, of course, is to become a Notary Public in your state. All the details for that process are covered in the Basic Notary Public section of this website.
This is definitely a business you can start on a shoestring. Besides your car you really only need your Notary stamp, journal, thumbprinter, and a pen. And some states don't even require all of that!
You'll likely want to carry a briefcase with a few extra items as well. If you do loan signings it's nice to carry the loan package in a briefcase or bag of some sort. Loan packages are usually on legal-sized paper, so make sure the briefcase you choose is wide enough for the paperwork.
It's also a good idea to carry extra blank Acknowledgment and Jurat forms (the actual Notary certificates you will be signing and stamping). Especially when you're new you should include your state's Official Notary Handbook in case something comes up that you need to look up or defend. For instance, if someone insists that you should notarize something that you can't, you can show them the law right in the book. Have enough pens for all signers, a mini stapler, your cell phone, and a bottle of water. You'll also need invoices or a receipt pad, and your business cards.
Not long ago I needed a Notary to sign my own loan package. He showed up at the door with only his Notary stamp, thumbprinter and journal in hand. I even provided the pen! We had everything we needed.
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