Some Dos and Don'ts for the New Notary


Learn the duties you are authorized to perform and how to perform them.

Learn the circumstances which may disqualify you from acting.

Learn what records, if any, you may wish to keep.

Learn what fees you can charge.


Attempt to draft legal documents for your clients.

Notarize a blank or incomplete instrument.

Attempt to take an acknowledgment or administer an oath over the telephone or without the individual being present.

Permit others to use your official seal or stamp.