If you’re looking for a way to make additional income with a gig that allows for a flexible schedule, then becoming a notary public is great job to consider. Whether working for an industry that requires the notarization of important documents or becoming a mobile notary, there is currently a high demand for qualified professionals in this field. Before you can start as a notary in Florida, there are several steps you will need to take that are specific to the regulations in your state.
1. Meet the State Qualifications
There are four main qualifications you will need to meet in order to apply as a notary:
- You must be age 18 or older
- You must be a legal resident of Florida
- You have never been convicted of a felony
- You can speak, read, and write in English
2. Take Florida Notary Course
Every applicant must complete a three-hour notary course, which will include a printable certificate upon completion. Students must also read Chapter 117 of the Florida Statutes.
3. Complete the Application
Next, you need to complete the notary application Florida. This application will ask for your personal information and qualifications. You will need to have a person who knows you well but is not related to you to fill out the character affidavit section to vouch for your character.
4. Order a Surety Bond
In Florida, you are required to purchase a four-year surety bond of at least $7,500. This bond protects the public from any damages you may cause.
5. Purchase Your Notary Stamp and Other Supplies
To perform your duties a notary, you will be required to purchase a rubber inked stamp that includes your name, commission expirations date, your commission number, and the phrases “State of Florida” and “Notary Public.” Although not necessary, you can also use an embosser. A notary public recording journal is not required, but it is highly recommended that you purchase one.