What exactly is a notary? A notary is a public officer or a state officer (in most states) who is appointed and commissioned to perform certain functions or notarial acts. Those acts include being an impartial witness in the case of documents, helping to defer fraud, and promoting integrity of documents.
The process of becoming a notary is different for each state, so it is important that you contact your local notary office via the National Notary Association. The basic supplies for a notary are a notary stamp and a logbook. These can easily be purchased at an office supply store, though your best bet would be to purchase them from an actual notary store.
Items needed -
- notary stamp/seal
- logbook/journal of notary acts
- notary bond
- notary insurance/law primer
A notary stamp or seal is used to authorize a document by your office. Again, depending on the state, the rules for these on dependent on what your state law says about seals. In some cases, you may need to send in or verify your notary certification in order to receive your seal.
The logbook (also known as a journal of notary acts) is basic record keeping book of all the official and important actions you perform as a notary.
The notary bond is not really for the notary, but for the person that signs the documents that the notary views. Most states will require this if you are to become a notary, which protects the public from negligence or mistakes by the notary.
The notary insurance (called E/O - errors and omissions) and the law primer are optional notary public supplies, but ones that are very beneficial. The E/O insurance is to protect the notary and covers some of the things that the notary bond will not or does not cover. The law primer is just a way to keep up on your state laws, helping you keep track of any changes to existing laws or additions to new laws that your state may pass.