A notary public is a public officer constituted by law to serve the public in non-contentious matters mostly concerned with estates, deeds, powers-of-attorney, and foreign and international business. A notary's main functions are to administer oaths and affirmations, take affidavits and statutory declarations witness and authenticate the execution of certain classes of documents, take acknowledgments of deeds and other conveyances, perform certain other official acts depending on the jurisdiction, such as protest notes and bills of exchange, provide notice of foreign drafts, prepare marine protests in cases of damage, provide exemplifications and notarial copies. The term notary public only refers to common-law notaries and should not be confused with civil-law notaries.
Becoming a Notary varies from state to state. Various statutes, rules, and regulations govern notaries public. Some states they are appointed by the Governor or a Lt. Governor, in some states by the Secretary of State, or Secretary Treasurer, etc. Length of terms vary by state and fees that can be charged vary by state. A notary public must be a bona fide residents of the State they live in or be certified to perform their duties in a state where they work.
You must get all the information you can in the state you wish to perform these duties from the governing agency that has jurisdiction over notary publics.
Price and requirements vary by State
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