Hey there! We hear that you want to become a notary in Texas! Well, never fear! We’ll walk you through the process step by step.
Each of the fifty states have their own rules and regulations to follow if you want to qualify as a notary, Texas notwithstanding. So here is what you need to know:
First and most importantly, to qualify:
- You must be 18 years of age
- You must live in the state of Texas
- You must not have been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude (which to those of us ‘regular folk’ means a crime that is against society’s views of justice).
In the clear so far? Great! Let’s move on!
After you’re sure that you meet the above qualifications, the first step in becoming a notary is to obtain a $10,000 Surety Bond. This bond protects the public from mistakes you may make during your term as notary. I know what you’re thinking, you won’t be making any mistakes, but rules are rules, so invest the $50.00 and get your Surety Bond. Check your local Yellow Pages or your favorite internet search engine: you can obtain a Surety Bond from some insurance companies, bond agencies or notary organizations.
You’ll also need to fill out an application (Form 2301). It can be printed off of the Texas State Website, or you can pick one up at the Secretary of State’s offices in Austin, Texas, if you’re close to that location.
When you receive the Surety Bond and the official application (Form 2301), complete the application, sign the Bond and mail them, along with a check or money order for $21.00 made out to the Secretary of State, to:
Secretary of State of Texas, Notary Public Unit
P. O. Box 13375
Austin, Texas 78711-3375
After the Secretary of State approves your application (and we know they will!), you will receive a mailing including your commission, the dates that it’s effective as well as any other instructions, duties and limitations relevant to your position.
Now that we’ve done all the hard work, let’s go shopping!
You’ll need an official Texas Notary Seal of course, along with a Texas Notary Journal (to record the details of your position, including name, addresses, dates, services and fees, if any). Both of these items can be purchased at a number of different businesses and websites; a simple search for “Notary Supplies” in your favorite search engine or local Yellow Pages will send you in the right direction.
One more thing to consider: even though the State of Texas doesn’t require that you attend any certification classes or trainings, you would be well served to consider taking a few, if nothing else than to keep yourself current with the local laws and regulations. Some insurance companies offer seminars and training sessions; there are online courses available as well. It’s worth the effort to look into classes such as these, it’ll make your job easier in the long run!
Once you receive your commission and supplies in the mail, you’re officially a Notary in the State of Texas! Congratulations! Get out there and get working! Don’t forget to let us know how it’s going; we always love hearing success stories!