Mobile. Virtual. Any day. Anytime. That’s how Notaries Public work now. Become a Notary Public—or grow your practice— if earning extra money is on your to do list.
Notaries Public Witness Our Life Changing Decisions
Think about current trends: selling and buying homes, refinancing, estate planning, business start-ups, and wind-downs too. What these major life moments all have in common is the strong likelihood that they involve documents which need to be notarized.
If you are already a Notary Public, consider expanding your practice by connecting to current trends. Can you affiliate with the busiest mortgage brokers or lawyers in your area? Knowing that a reliable, on-call notary is in reach will make their businesses run more efficiently. Can you offer “Saturday brunch” hours for busy family members who have get together to sign wills, trusts, and other important estate planning documents? Whether virtual or in-person, providing a way for all the signers to convene (during non-business hours) could make you a very popular notary.
If you are not yet a Notary Public and want to become one, look up the process at your Department of State. Essentially, you will need to pass a state-specific notary exam and complete an application process, prior to obtaining your seal.
Understanding and Obtaining Notary Bonds
Most states require notaries to obtain a type of surety bond known as a notary bond.
A notary bond protects the public, serving as a guarantee that you will perform your duties in accordance with all regulations and avoid wrongdoing in the performance of your duties.
How do you obtain a notary bond? As a leading, national bond provider, Colonial Surety Company makes it easy and instant for notaries in every state to get bonded. With Colonial’s direct, digital service, you can obtain your bond anytime, from anywhere. The steps are easy—get a quote online, fill out your information, and enter your payment method. Your bond will be ready to e-file or print instantly. It’s that simple! Obtain your Notary Bond Now!
Once you are bonded as a notary, in addition to earning money, you will be witnessing so many of the life-changing decisions of others. Learn more about the importance of notaries in our civil society.
Running Your Notary Public Business
The National Notary Bulletin provides important advice for those planning to “moonlight” as notaries. Guidance includes:
- Be sure to review your employee handbook if your full or part-time job already involves notary duties. Make sure you don’t have a non-compete clause banning you from doing the same work for someone else.
- Avoid using the resources of other companies you work for to perform your private notary gigs. Be sure to use your own time, phone, computer—and printer.
- Grow your network. Consider your local chamber of commerce—a great way to connect with business people in the area. Look into professional associations too. People working in human resources, real estate and law are all likely professionals who rely on notaries.
Let Colonial help you take the important step of getting your notary bond. Licensed for business in every state across the country, Colonial Surety Company proudly offers our lowest rate directly to customers. Incorporated since 1930, Colonial Surety Company is an A (Excellent) rated insurance company by A.M. Best and U.S. Treasury listed.
Get a notary bond quote online, then fill out your information, and enter your payment method. You can print or e-file your bond from anywhere. It’s that easy!