In today’s post, we’ll explore what you need to do in order to become a notary in the state of Nevada. Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be starting your own business as a notary public in no time!
First you must meet these basic qualifications:
- You must be a U.S. citizen or a “lawfully admitted permanent resident,”
- You must be at least 18 years of age and,
- You must be a resident of the state of Nevada.
- You must not have had a felony conviction.
Now that these items are taken care of, we can move on to the good stuff.
1. Fill out the notary application. Sign the application using the exact signature as you want it to appear on your appointment. This signature will be used to sign all notary acts.
2. Next, you are required to take a notary class. This class will familiarize you with everything you need to know in order to serve as notary in Nevada. You can find out more about the class, as well as download a class application here. Also, there are times and dates for the most current schedule notary classes listed here. After you complete the course, you’ll receive a certificate of completion. You’ll need to attach a copy of this certificate to your application.
3. Obtain a $10,000 surety bond. This bond protects the public from mistakes you may make during your term as notary. You can obtain one of these bonds at most insurance companies, bond agencies or notary organizations. Check your local Nevada yellow pages or your favorite internet search engine.
4. After you get your surety bond, it’s time to take the oath of office. This oath must be taken in front of another notary, or at your county clerk’s office. A list of county clerks offices can be found here. At this point you’ll also file your surety bond with the county clerk’s office. The county clerk will then verify that you have the bond and have take the oath and will give you a form called “Filing Notice,” which you’ll need to attach to your application along with the notary class certificate of completion.
5. Mail the application, your certificate of completion from your notary class, Filing Notice form, along with a check or money order in the amount of $35.00 made out to the Nevada Secretary of State to:
Secretary of State Ross Miller
101 North Carson Street, Suite 3
Carson City, Nevada 89701-3714
If your application is complete, you should receive your Notary Certificate of Appointment in the mail within 7-10 days.
6. Now that you have your certificate of completion, it’s time to get your supplies. You’ll need a rubber notary stamp (make sure to have your certificate of completion on hand when you go to purchase your stamp) and a notary journal in which to record all of your notarial acts. Both of these items can be purchased at most office supply stores. Check your local Nevada yellow pages or your favorite internet search engine for stores that can provide these items to you.
And that’s it! Simple, right? If you’ve followed the above six steps you’re well on your way towards starting your notary business in the state of Nevada. Make sure you come back here and tell us how it went, we always love hearing success stories!