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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Notaries Do It with Rubber and Ink

Recently I was able to check one item off my bucket list.



I joined the hallowed ranks of those unsung heroes, the proud yet humble public servants who can verify that you are who you say you are.

You can't identify a notary public by looking at one. They might be in line behind you at the grocery store or sit next to you in a movie theater and you wouldn't even know it. But then they pull out their stamp, and things get real.



Not just anyone can become a notary public. You have to fill out an application, not be a felon, and send $10 to Jesse White of the Jesse White Tumblers.



Andrew calls me a Nerdary Public, but I know it's just because he's intimidated by my position. It doesn't bother me because I'm looking forward to notarizing the public for the next 4 years.




25 Comments
spike
Can you handle that much power?
Spike   Wednesday, April 13, 2011
stevenheinzel
Wow, what more can I say except you bring tears to my eyes, daughter!! To think that my own flesh and blood has risen to the heights of a notary public!!!
stheinz   Wednesday, April 13, 2011
lgrant
I used to live next door to one in MN. I was humbled by the experience (not to mention it came in handy a few times). Congrats on your rising in the ranks! Andrew, eat your heart out.
LGrant   Wednesday, April 13, 2011
nheinzel
Oh, Sallypants, I'm so proud of my daughter and the pride she has brought to our family. We will be revered wherever we go because of your accomplishment! Another great blog....and go easy with that stamp. You'll want to save some ink for the "real thing"!
!   Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Joe
I was actually looking into this not to long ago. Is it true that I would need to have another Notary Public sign off on my application? It feels just like a secret society!
Joe   Wednesday, April 13, 2011
jef
Are there any laws against improperly using your stamp or will you leave your mark all over Towanda?
jef   Wednesday, April 13, 2011
igna83
This is SO good to know! Congrats!!
Angi   Wednesday, April 13, 2011
SallyPants
JDI - yep, you need a notary to notarize the notary application. Makes you wonder - who notarized the first notary? Or did I just BLOW YOUR MIND???

Jef, they do have pretty strict rules about the stamp and its use. If I lose it for any reason, I'm supposed to resign my commission. That's a high stakes game of losers weepers.
SallyPants   Wednesday, April 13, 2011
hawkwolf
In North Carolina to be a Notary Public, one must attend a class put on at a local community college and taught by a certified instructor. You are to be congratulated on becoming a Notary because you will do a lot of signing of documents that you don't know what you are notarizing. I had my commission for five years and let it lapse, but I am considering getting back, just to say that I have it.
I see that you go by Sally Heinzel so this means that you are an independent female does it?
How much are you allowed to charge per document in Illinois? In North Carolina it used to be $2.00/document.
I got my commission because the employee hand book had a provision that a notary would be available for the employees. The original notary that had been there forever retired and I had to take his place. When I got ready to leave, the Humans Relations Manager thought that I should leave my seal. I told him that the Seal and Notary function was on individual basis and not a corporate one. He thought because the corporation had paid for the class and seal that it belonged to the company.
Good luck being a Notary.
BeanCounter37   Wednesday, April 13, 2011
hawkwolf
You can't notarize family member paper work, so you won't be able to notarize Steve's world class fish catch or deer kill.
BeanCounter37   Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Someone notarized my forehead while I slept last night.

Not cool.
EyePulp   Wednesday, April 13, 2011
lgrant
Apparently you can notarize family members if not their paperwork.
LGrant   Wednesday, April 13, 2011
jef
EyePulp, I think it's your duty to turn your wife in to the proper authorities for violation #8458343-0000-3434 (improper notarization). Sally, hope you enjoyed your short-term power.
jef   Wednesday, April 13, 2011
nheinzel
lol, Linda!
!   Wednesday, April 13, 2011
SallyPants
Bean, glad to know a fellow NP. For basic documents I believe we can charge up to 100 cents. In Illinois you can notarize documents for family and friends, so my Dad is covered. And yes, I guess I'm an Independent Female (TM).
SallyPants   Wednesday, April 13, 2011
stevenheinzel
I think the little kitty by the name of Sam would look so regal with his name stamped on his tail by a real notary. You can make it happen, girl!!!
stheinz   Wednesday, April 13, 2011
nikideaton
I feel honored to have met you. Congrats!
niki   Wednesday, April 13, 2011
ppike
100 cents?!?! Hot damn, girl, you gonna be rich!
pegi   Wednesday, April 13, 2011
hawkwolf
If you can't charge more than 100 cents per document in Illinois, it isn't worth getting your seal unless you do beauceaus of them because it isn't economically feasible. Also, your Notary Public Fee is taxable at both the State and Federal Levels. Pegi, I was able to get 200 cents in NC and that was ten years ago. Also, in NC attornies are automatically made Notaries, how about that little fact?
BeanCounter37   Thursday, April 14, 2011
SallyPants
Bean, I'm not in it for the money. It's all about the power and prestige. And the stamp with my name on it.
SallyPants   Thursday, April 14, 2011
girlcarew
That's interesting that it is so relatively easy. Like North Carolina, here in California you have to pass a test. Most people take a one-day class in preparation.
Good job!
girlcarew   Saturday, April 16, 2011
_DELETED_ckraus
Wow - a test. I was a notary in Minnesota for a number of years and we didn't have to take a test. We just had to pay a fee and sign our name. The power was overwhelming so I didn't renew it when it expired. Now I feel like a nobody.
Carol   Saturday, April 16, 2011
Sallyi,
I am impressed!!!! I thought of doing this at one time but never followed through....Now I don't need to worry about it cause I got YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
Bring your stamp to the beach....we can make some neat things using it!!!
AJ
AJ   Saturday, April 16, 2011
lgrant
Apparently Oregon requires training. http://or.notary.net/sample_intro.cfm
LGrant   Saturday, April 16, 2011
reera
Gosh, here in NC we had to pay 500 cents to have a notary stamp something.
Congratulations on your prestigious new position!
dannie   Sunday, April 17, 2011
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