We Make Becoming a Notary in Pennsylvania Easy

This online course prepares you for the Pennsylvania Notary Public exam.  It consists of three one-hour modules, as well as review flashcards. It’s recommended for all Pennsylvania residents who want to become a licensed Notary Public and for existing notaries who need to renew their licenses.

General info

General info

MODULE 1
RULONA
Basic Requirements
Notary Liability
Qualifications for Appointment
Steps for Initial Appointment
Renewal of an Appointment
Examination
Appointment & Commission
Notary Bonds & E&O Insurance
Notarial Acts

Notarial Acts

MODULE 2
Acknowledgments
Administer Oaths & Affirmations
Take a Verification
Certify or Attest a Copy
Protest of Negotiable Instrument
Refuse to Perform Notarial Act
Examples of Notarial Certificates
Notary Basics

Notary Basics

MODULE 3 - NOTARY BASICS

Official Notary Stamp

Electronic Notarization

Remote Notarization

Notarial Journal

Sanctions & Penalties

Notary Fees

Pennsylvania Application

Change of Name & Address

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PREPARES YOU FOR THE NOTARY PUBLIC EXAM

Becoming a Pennsylvania Notary Public is a great way to improve your resume and career opportunities, earn a little extra income, and serve in your community.

7 SIMPLE STEPS YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BECOME A PUBLIC NOTARY IN 2022

In October of 2017, Pennsylvania officially instituted the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA). 

The law amended the State’s notary public education, testing, and appointment process. 

To simplify these changes, we have outlined the seven simple steps you need to know to become a commissioned PA notary. 
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1. MEET YOUR QUALIFICATIONS

Before applying to become a notary you have to meet the following qualifications:
  • Be At Least 18 Years of Age
  • Be a US Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident
  • Possess The Ability To Read and Write in English
  • Be of Good Moral Character (Not Convicted of a Felony)
  • Be a PA Resident or Maintain aPractice or Place of Employment in the State

2. COMPLETE A COURSE

If you meet the State’s notary public qualifications, the next step is to complete an education course. New and renewing notaries must complete an approved 3-hour basic education course. Courses such as the one provided by www.easy-notary.com are designed to ensure that you understand the duties and responsibilities of the office of notary public and the various types of notarial acts that you will be authorized to perform, such as: administering oaths and affirmations, affidavits, and certifying copies.

3. SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

After completing an approved basic education course; your next step is to submit an application to the Department of State.
The Department accepts applications online at: notaries.pa.gov

You will have to pay a non-refundable application fee of $42 and upload a copy of your signed course completion certificate.

4. PASS THE EXAM

If your application is approved, the Department will permit you to take the State’s official notary exam. If you are renewing an existing notary commission, you are exempt from the exam requirement. However, if you are a new notary, you will have to register for the exam with Pearson. 

Pearson is a test proctor with many locations throughout the Commonwealth. If you do not pass the exam on the first try, you can retake the test as many times as you need to for up to six months. 

However, each time you schedule the exam, you will have to pay a non-refundable fee of $65 After passing the exam you will receive a ‘Notice of Appointment‘ email from the state.  It’s important to be aware that an appointment and a commission are not the same. An appointment is similar to a job offer. It’s an invitation to become a notary public. However, there are just a few more steps you will need to complete to become a commissioned notary public.

5. GET BONDED

All PA Notaries are required to maintain a $10,000 surety bond.

The average cost of the bond is $50. The bond is a financial safety net for the State. If you violate the law and cause financial harm to an individual or entity such as church or business, the state could use your bond to provide financial compensation to the aggrieved party. 

6. TAKE AN OATH OF OFFICE

Once you have your bond, the next step is to be sworn into office. It will not be as ceremonial as a presidential swearing-in, but you will raise your right hand with a representative at the Recorder of Deeds Office in the County where you maintain a business or work address. You will take an oath agreeing to uphold the duties and responsibilities of the office of notary public.

7. RECORD YOUR OFFICIAL SIGNATURE

Last but not least, your official signature will need to be filed in the Prothonotary’s office. A Prothonotary is a County’s official record keeper. The office will keep a record of your signature on file. Once your signature is filed, you will be a commissioned notary public for a term of 4 years.
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