How to Become a Notary in North Carolina

Have you ever considered becoming a notary public? Being a Notary Public in the state of North Carolina is great way to make extra money. The North Carolina Secretary of State is the responsible party in issuing notary commissions. Being a notary is a sworn position. You will be sworn in by oath once the process is complete. The Secretary of State overseas notaries and their validating legal responsibility and obligations. Notaries in North Carolina can administer legal testimonies and oaths. There are a few requirements that you will have to meet, but the process is fairly easy.  The process is worth the effort. This is how you can become a Notary Public in the state of North Carolina.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Notary application
  • Application fee
  • Notary manual
  • Notary seal or stamp

Step 1

In order to apply to become a notary public in North Carolina you must be at least 18 years of age and be a United States citizen or legal resident. Legally emancipated persons may also apply. Also, you must either work or live in North Carolina. You have to be able to read and write English fluently as well.

Step 2

You have to take the notary public training class. The National Notary Association offers online course and as a part of the fee they include all the needed notary supplies. The Secretary of State Notary Division offers the training course to applicants. This includes the mandatory written exam. Even if you use another source the written exam still has to be taken and passed.

Step 3

You must get a letter of recommendation from an elected public official. If you know an elected official personally, then you should ask him/her to write you a letter of recommendation to become a notary public. If you are not, you can still attain the mandatory letter of recommendation by contacting the state Senator or representative.

Step 4

Visit the website of the Secretary of State. Fill out the application on the site.  The application is available in PDF format for all U.S. Citizens. Once the form is completed, take it to a notary to have your signature witnessed and notarized. Mail the complete application and check or money order fee of $50 to the address printed on the form.

Step 5

You will receive your commission in the mail. After you receive your notary commission via mail, go to the county clerk where you live or work. The county clerk will administer your oath of office. This is mandatory. You can not begin to validate legal documents, or act as a notary until this obligation is fulfilled.

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