Today we’ll explore exactly what you need to do to become a notary in Birmingham, Alabama. Don’t worry – the process isn’t as tedious as you might think. In fact, I’m sure you’ll be off and running your new business as a mobile notary public in no time after reading through this concise tutorial.
The first thing on our list of to-dos is to make sure you meet some minimum qualifications. These are:
- You must be at least 18 years old.
- You must be a resident in Jefferson County, Alabama.
- You must know how to read and write English.
Now that we have those simple items taken care of, we can move on to the good stuff. First off, if you’re not already, you’ll want to register to vote in Jefferson County. Even though this is not technically a mandatory step towards becoming a notary, the Judge of Probate office requires that your signature on your notary application match the signature on your voter registration, so this is a logical step.
Second comes the application process. The application is in pdf format and can be downloaded here. There are a few requirements for the application:
- As noted before, your signature on the application must match that of the signature on your voter registration form.
- Include your home address and all other pertinent information as it appears on your driver’s license.
- Any and all references must sign the application in their own handwriting. They must be residents of Jefferson County and must include their home address.
- You must obtain a $10,000.00 surety bond (which protects the public in the event that you make an error during your term as notary) and have that bond notarized by a licensed notary public. This bond can be obtained at most insurance agencies and must be submitted with your application no later than 30 days after obtaining it.
After completing all of the application steps, mail or bring your application, along with the notarized surety bond and an $18.00 filing fee made out to “The Judge of Probate” to:
Probate Court – Jefferson County
Jefferson County Courthouse
716 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd North
Birmingham, AL 35203
As soon as your application is approved, your commission will be sent to you in the mail and is good for four years.
Now that you’re officially a notary, you’ll need some supplies. You are required by Alabama State Law to purchase a notary journal and a notary stamp. These can be purchased at most office supply stores or online. Check your local yellow pages or your favorite internet search engine for office supply stores that carry these items.
And that’s it! Once you have your commission and supplies in hand, you are ready to start your business as a notary public! Is that great? Congratulations, and be sure to come back and let us know how the process went. We always love hearing from you!