How To Get a Job as a Notary Public

How To Get a Job as a Notary Public

Are you looking for a side job to make more money? If you are like many other people, the answer is yes. Having a quality side gig or part-time notary job can reduce your dependency on only one income source, provide a way to earn extra cash, and help you gain real-life skills that are useful for a future career change. Working as a notary is also an option for a full-time career or a small business venture.

If you’re looking for a dependable opportunity, consider becoming a Notary Public or a Notary Signing Agent. Here’s information on what a notary public does, how to get started, state requirements, how much you can earn, and where to find postings for notary jobs.

What a Notary Public Does

Notary Public witnesses the signing of legal documents, verifying people’s identities to prevent fraud. They work on wills, trusts, power of attorneys, and many other documents. Attorneys, hospitals, and local governments all need documents notarized frequently.

Notary Signing Agents are Notaries. However, they have an extra certification that allows them to facilitate the signings of real estate loan closings. Typically, they meet with signers only for real estate transactions such as home purchases, refinances, and when someone sells their home. Other opportunities include doing the paperwork for home equity loans, applications, and reverse mortgages.

What You’ll Do On the Job

With either opportunity, a typical workday includes making phone calls, driving and meeting clients, then notarizing and filling out paperwork. 

The Benefits of Working as a Notary

It’s a flexible, light work job that can be done at any time, all within your driving distance from home or work, making it a great side gig.

You can be part-time or full-time with either job, making it a flexible go-to opportunity for many. An added bonus? Getting to know your community and being out on the open road.

The Requirements for Becoming a Notary

Most states allow you to work directly with your Secretary of State to become a Notary and get your commission. The basic requirements are being over 18 years old, applying, and paying a small fee. Keep in mind that you’ll need to be a resident of that state and not be a convicted felon. The base cost in Florida, for example, is just $39.

Only nine states require training, and only 12 states have an exam. Thirty states require the Notary to have a surety bond, which protects the public in case of any negligence on behalf of the Notary.

How Much You Can Charge

As a Notary Public working on “general notary work,” be aware that States regulate how much you can charge for your services. Most allow between $0.25 to $15 per document or stamp.

As a Notary Signing Agent working on real estate documents, you are not regulated by your state with how much you can charge. You are paid a flat fee per loan signing, which may include printing and dropping off documents after the closing. Fees for Signing Agents range from $75-$200 per loan closing.

How to Find Notary Jobs

What’s the best way to find notary jobs? There are many different ways you can find work as a notary and many types of opportunities to work at a notary on a part-time or full-time basis or as a side gig.

Notary Directories: Join notary directories or associations, such as the National Notary Association (NNA), American Association of Notaries (AAN), or your state’s notary association. They often have job listings or networking opportunities. You can also get listed on and other online directories.

Mobile Notary Services:

  1. Consider offering mobile notary services. You can visit clients at their location, which can be a convenient service for them.
  2. Advertise your services in your community and social media, and promote on or your website.
  3. Sign up for websites that have directories of mobile notaries so it’s easy for clients to find you. You can easily find sites by searching Google for “directory of mobile notaries” or “mobile notaries.”

Job Boards:  Search Google and job sites like and, using “notary” and “notary job” as search terms. In addition to part-time notary gigs, you’ll find full-time positions where being a notary is a job requirement.

Online Notary Platforms: Explore online notary platforms like Notarize, NotaryCam, or DocuSign Notary. These platforms connect notaries with clients needing remote online notarization services.

Freelance Platforms: Explore freelance platforms like Upwork and Fiverr, where individuals and businesses often hire notaries for remote or in-person services.

In-Person Networking: Attend local business networking events, chamber of commerce meetings, or industry-specific gatherings. Networking can lead to referrals and part-time opportunities.

Real Estate and Legal Offices: Contact local real estate agencies, law firms, and banks to inquire about part-time notary positions. These industries frequently require notary services.

Social Media and Online Marketing: Create a professional online presence through a website and social media profiles. Use platforms like LinkedIn and Facebook to showcase your notary services and connect with potential clients.

Referrals and Word of Mouth: Let friends, family, and professional contacts know you offer notary services. Referrals can be a valuable source of part-time gigs.

Tip: Here’s a list of 22 ways to make money as a notary you can use to get started. 

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  • August 28, 2023