A Quick Explanation on How to Become a Notary Public in the State of Illinois

The job of a notary can be interesting, and not only that but it can be a job that is done part time or full time. You can do the job from your car as you go to the people who need your service. If you live in the state of Illinois, you may be wondering how to go about it. The good news is that it is easy.

You must first make sure you qualify
The qualifications are basic, but you don’t want to waste your time applying if you don’t meet them. You need to be a United States citizen or a legal resident in the United States. You must also be a resident of the state of Illinois for a minimum of one month. You must be an adult, which is defined as 18 years or older. You must be fluent in the English language, both spoken and written. You cannot be an ex-felon nor have had a notary commission revoked in the past.

Apply and get your bond
If you meet the qualifications, then all you need to do is fill out and application. These applications are available for download online. You will need a $5,000 notary bond. This can be purchased online. This in a form of insurance, and you must show proof of purchase along with the application you send to the Secretary of State, Department of Index. Along with the bond and the application, you will need to include a payment for the fee to apply. You will have to inquire about the current fee. It can change over time.

Once your application is approved, you will need your commission to be officially recorded by the Count Clerk in the same county that you reside in. The last step is to get your official notary stamp and other supplies you will need. Often a record book for your transactions is a good idea and don’t forget business cards. As you can see, it is easy to become a notary in illinois.

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