A notary public in New York is someone who acts as a witness when it comes to signing forms, affidavits, and other legal paperwork. They also administer oaths for officials. The requirements to become a notary public vary by state, but New York is one of the easiest places to obtain certification. Notary publics are everywhere, but would you consider becoming one as a career?

Where Do Notary Publics Work?

Notary publics work all over the place. You find them in banks, county clerk offices, law offices, postal companies, county courthouse, college campuses, and military bases. They also act as a personal business, performing services to anyone that needs them. It is often a job within a job. You work one job and perform notary public services on the side.

Why Would You Become a Notary Public?

Notary publics do not work solely as notary publics. In New York, a notary can charge anyone up to $2 for the service. If you charge more, you will lose your license. That means that being a notary isn't a get rich quick type of job. It is good supplemental income if you live in a small town where finding a notary isn't easy.

You can also become a notary to help you find a better job. It's simple to become a notary in NY, and potential employers will like having you around. Banks and other places that often have notary publics are more likely to hire you as you already have the qualifications and certification.

What Are the Requirements to Become a Notary Public?

To become a notary public in New York State you must be a NY resident. You must take a notary public examination which are always being scheduled in many places throughout the state. You then fill out a form and pay a $60 fee, as of 2015. Once that form is notarized and you swear an oath, you are officially a notary public and will remain so for the next four years.

The only exception to these requirements is if you already work in a Unified Court System position, such as at your local county clerk office. You won't have to take the test. The same thing goes for lawyers. You passed the bar, so you don't have to take the notary public test.

Becoming a notary public in NY is easy and a good way to make some supplemental income or get a better job. If you want to work in a field that includes notaries, then you might consider taking on this extra work.