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If you’re looking for a new challenge to add more responsibility, authority and extra income to your life, becoming a notary public may be the answer. A notary public acts as an impartial witness to the signing of documents and records that require it. This may include things like marriage records, birth certificates, and real estate papers. Their job is to witness the signatures on the documents and to ensure all relevant parties understand what they are signing.

For some notary publics, their duty is a full time job, while others decide to fit their responsibilities around their existing personal and professional commitments. However you decide to do it, becoming a notary public can bring huge benefits to your life and career. Here are some reasons that might help you make up your mind.

Simple Process

The journey to becoming a notary public is an easy one. Although the exact process differs from state to state, all that is usually required to register is that you are a US citizen over the age of 18 and have a clean record. Check the specific requirements in your own state if you are unsure.

Extra Income

For many notary publics, their primary motivation is the extra income it affords them. This makes it a perfect addition to a full time job, allowing you to boost your finances in the evenings and on weekends. Also you may only earn a small amount per document, these payments can really add up over a period of time.



A notary public is a position that commands respect, as many people require one during key moments of their life. A notary may be called to witness the signing of a birth certificate, a marriage certificate, a property purchase, or a death certificate. You are an important part of these processes throughout people’s lives and you have authority over the situation. A notary public will generally dress smartly and may carry notary seals for the official completion of documents. 


The majority of notary publics have complete freedom over their schedules and can set their own hours in which they are available to notarize documents. If you want to work more at certain times of the year and less on others that shouldn’t be a problem. And with modern technology, it is now easy to notarize certain documents virtually.

Career Progression

Experience as a notary public looks great on your resume and will make you stand out to any future employers. It gives you a range of valuable skills that can be transferred across multiple job roles and will help you to progress in what career you are in.

Helping People

Perhaps the most important benefit of being a notary public is the chance to help people through key moments in people’s lives. If you are notarizing a wedding or a birth for example, you are a huge part of a life-changing moment, and they would not be able to do it without you. The work that notaries do is hugely important.