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How to Run Your Business Like an 11-Year-Old by JetBlue Chair, Joel Peterson

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Joel Peterson, Jet BlueJoel Peterson

Chairman, JetBlue Airways. Stanford Business School

How to Run Your Business Like an 11-Year-OldKid Entrepreneur


I started my first business at age 11, selling tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and squash that I grew myself. It was all planted from seed on a tiny plot of land behind our two-bedroom house in Okemos, Michigan.

My maiden venture yielded a number of useful lessons that have stayed with me throughout my 40-year career in business. If you’re the parent of a would-be entrepreneur (or an enterprising young LinkedIn reader), perhaps you can find something in here that’ll help early ideas take root.

My customers – or “relevant market,” as I’ve since learned to call them — lived in a small dirt-road subdivision not far from our house. By summer’s end, we had a dozen regular buyers to whom we brought produce to cook up for family dinner.

Our “delivery fleet” was a red Radio Flyer wagon, which we piled high with vegetables before we made the neighborhood rounds every other day.

My “angel investor” was my dad — not so much a venture financier as a dad supporting a son. He advanced me the capital for seeds and fertilizer, allowed me access to his water supply, and provided a “no-cost equipment lease” – that is, he let me borrow – a single hoe. My “supply chain” was the town’s hardware store, and my sole employee was my ornery 6-year-old brother, who regularly threatened to quit.

By the end of the summer, we took a full accounting. Our income statement after all expenses showed the kingly sum of $14. (Not too different a return on work from the airline industry!)

This early taste of success was exciting, and I wanted more. Fifty years later, I’ve started a half-dozen companies, provided growth capital to more than 100 others, served on many boards, and taught thousands of MBA’s how to manage a young enterprise. But most of what I know about launching, nurturing, and running a business I learned during that humid Michigan summer in 1958.

So, here are some principles of good business that became clear to me right away, and have only grown more important since:

  • Don’t expect immediate (seed stage) results. Crops take time to germinate.
  • Plant extra seeds, thin the crop, and expect the strongest plants to reach maturity.
  • Don’t dig up carrots to see if they’re still growing. Have faith in the cycle.
  • Pray for rain and sun, but make your own luck by weeding and watering.
  • Harvested vegetables don’t keep long. If you wait too long to discount the price on your inventory you’ll end up “eating” it.
  • A garden needs constant nurturing — don’t go on vacation when it’s time to harvest.
  • Sales is everything. So, pay your salesmen well — or at least make sure they’re cute little fellows pulling red wagons.
  • When you’re out of cash, you’re out of business; so be frugal like a farmer.
  • Keep your customers happy by delivering fresh product before it’s needed, not after. Timing the market is all-important.
  • Make sure your investors get a return – and don’t forget to thank them. Without backers, there’s no lettuce for anyone.




Start Your Own Notary Practice In North Carolina

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A Resource Guide: How to Start Your Own Notary

Practice in North Carolina

Thinking of starting your own mobile notary practice? Great idea! Once you have your notary license, owning your own notary practice can be a worthwhile endeavor; however, there are several things to consider before diving in. A notary needs to fully understand notarial law, but also needs to understand what it takes to run a small business and make informed decisions. Issues can range from choosing specific equipment, to managing your bookkeeping, and also the ongoing task of marketing your business. Below are listed a few resources


This checklist will vary depending on your individual needs, the type of notary business you determine and various other factors. In general, though, this list should get you on your way

  • Name your Business

In some ways, this is one of the most important decisions, as your company will be identified and associated with the name you choose. Traditionally, people choose clever names that include the word notary, but there are no hard and fast rules about naming your business and you may want to name your company after yourself so people easily remember your name. I named my company The Quick Notary after hearing Spanx owner, Sara Blankley, tell Oprah Winfrey that she’d read people remember brand names with the letters X, K and Q, such as Xerox, Quaker Oats and Kellogg’s. Be creative. The goal is to be memorable.

  • Location, location, location!

While being a mobile notary removes the constraints or having a bricks and mortar office, location is still a key consideration. Some notaries, especially when they are starting out, may decide to travel, as well as accept signings in their homes. Meeting with clients and running a service out of your home is probably not a viable long-term option, so think about where you can conveniently meet clients in your immediate area (coffee houses, libraries), and also think clearly about what geographical area you will cover. How far will you go? A 50 mile radius is probably reasonable.

  • Permits, licenses and identification numbers

If you intend to make considerable earnings from your seal, your practice will almost surely need a federal Employer ID Number (EIN) and you may also be required to obtain a privilege license.

Office Equipment

I will discuss equipment in great detail in other posts on this site, but for now will only briefly covers the items on the list.

  1. Furniture:

a. Desks – Consider a standing desk. I recently elevated my desk and got out of my chair. Best move ever!
b. Chairs- You will want to spend a little money on getting something well-designed and comfortable.
c. Trash cans, recycling basket – you will print many, many, many pages and generate lots of ‘scrap paper’.

  1. Electronics:
    1. Telephone System – A mobile service is fine, but professional voice mail is imperative. Also, there are marketing concern that suggest maintaining a landline is still a good idea. More on that later.
      b. Computers, Software, Printers, Scanner – More details on printer specifics in dedicated Printer Post.
      c. Copiers- You will need both copy and printer capabilities. Consider the All-In-One model printers.
      d. Fax machine- See item 2c.
      e. Calculator


Your notary business will require all the usual office equipment including paper, envelopes, a vast supply of sticky notes, pens, pencils, staplers, legal and letter file folders, rubber bands, tape, , paper clips, colored sticky tabs, and more. It might be best to visit the nearest office supply store and just clean out the appropriate aisle! I recommend buying 2 boxes of letter size copier paper and 1 box of legal size paper. You will likely have enough to get you through maybe 5 months. Calculate title closings as approximately 400pgs/ each. A ream of paper is typically 500 sheets. There are 10 reams in a box. If you divide 5000 total sheets by the approximate 400 pgs. of each closing, you can expect to get roughly 10-12 closings out of each box of paper. Depending on your ambition and your goals, you can expect to sign at least one closing each weak to start. Also, get the jumbo binder clips to keep the packages together and legal file folders to leave with the clients.

  • Open a business checking account to accept payments.
  • Review your auto insurance coverage and consider increasing limits, if necessary.
  • Set up a schedule for your auto maintenance to rotate your tires frequently and aligned bi-annually.

Car maintenance will be crucial to your success. Have an emergency safety kit in your trunk (more on that later). I strongly encourage purchasing a GPS system as soon as possible.

  • Determine what type of marketing and advertising you will use

Your notary practice is a business in every sense of the word, marketing and advertising should be important considerations. Yellow pages, online advertising, newsletters, brochures, signage, and business cards are various options to consider. For more information on marketing and advertising, please see my Marketing Post where I offer several free and low-cost suggestions.

  • Design and set up a simple website – Please do not get overwhelmed with this step. Keep it simple. I have several free and simple suggestions in my Marketing Post. For several years my website was a simple static page hosted on (FREE) Google Sites. I loved it. My site was simple and Zen and more than sufficient. I’ve since used several other hosting site, paid and free, and I still recommend Google Sites as a solid option.
  • Soliciting & Accounting
  1. Much of your first year in business will be spent creating relationships and forging introductions. As a notary, you absolutely must set aside time to solicit the business of title companies, law firms, real estate brokers, hospitals and other business. Have a plan!
  2. See our list of 100 Title Signing Companies to get you started. Introduce yourself.
  3. Accounting – there are numerous software options available for accounting purposes, and of course hiring an accountant or making friends with one is always a good idea.

Your Bible – The Notary Public Guidebook – Commit This Book To Memory:

The Notary Public Guidebook for North Carolina may be purchased from The School of Government, UNC Chapel Hill, through their website at Please visit the School of Government’s website, email, or call 919.966.4119 for information about the latest edition.


Phone: 919-966-4119


The School of Government
UNC – Chapel Hill
CB #3330, Knapp-Sanders Bldg.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-3330

Useful Websites to Help the New Notary Business Owner:

 The U.S. Small Business Administration

A federal agency, while not specific to notary practices, provides helpful materials, such as articles and templates for drafting business plans and finding small funding.

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years. They provide confidential business counseling services at no charge, local and online workshops and events, templates, and links to articles.


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Benefits of Becoming a Notary

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Notaries are identified on notarized documents by a seal or stamp.
Notaries are identified on notarized documents by a seal or stamp.

Notary publics are public servants each state appoints to act as an impartial official and witness. They typically witness people signing legal documents and may administer oaths. Each state has its own requirements for becoming a notary public; typically, an individual must be 18 years old with a high school education. Some states require written exams or other training, as well as conditions or prohibitions for convicted felons. These simple requirements qualify many people for consideration as a notary, allowing them to enhance their career prospects or earn extra income.

Typical Duties

Witnessing document signing, such as legal affidavits and mortgage closing papers, is among the most common duties for notaries. As a notary, you must be aware of the person’s state of mind when he signs a document to gauge whether he is signing under duress or doesn’t seem to understand what he’s signing. If you believe he is not acting voluntarily or doesn’t comprehend his action, you can refuse to notarize the signature. You also cannot have any personal interest in whether a person signs a document or not. Otherwise, if the person’s identity is verified, you can’t refuse your services.

Job Options

Job possibilities are plentiful for notaries. Law offices have notaries on staff, since clients and witnesses must routinely sign documents, though it is common for notaries to have other administrative or legal duties. Banks, title companies, insurance offices and government offices also have employees qualified to perform notary public services. Other businesses, such as office supply, post office box and printing companies may offer notary services to the public. Completing notary public requirements in your state can enhance your existing skills and employment functions in these business areas.


Offering services as a notary public opens doors to self-employment, either full- or part-time. Smaller businesses such as sole practitioner attorneys who have limited administrative staff represent one such demand. Real estate agents are another example. Every day people in your community need documents notarized. If you offer mobile notary services, you can expand your clientele by traveling to homes, businesses, nursing homes and hospitals. There are companies who register self-employed notary publics so you are part of a network, which can enhance your marketing but increases the fee you need to charge.


Regardless of what happens in the economy or in the world, people always need notaries. The position offers a great deal of stability that is not true in every profession. You may have to increase rates to reflect some changes, such as fuel prices, or provide additional services if competition increases. Just remember to keep your notary public service rates separate from other service fees and within the amount allowed in your state.

About the Author

Karen S. Johnson has worked as a writer and communications consultant since 1987. Her career highlights include traveling to developing countries as a social marketing consultant for maternal and child health. Johnson is also an avid equestrian and horse owner. She holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from University of Texas at Austin.

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Notary Public Careers

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Notary fees can vary depending on the regulations of each state.
Notary fees can vary depending on the regulations of each state.

A notary public provides services to individuals and companies where a witness is required for a signature of a document. The purpose of the notary is to certify that the person’s signature is not a forgery and verify the identity of the individual signing. The notary certifies that a signature is original with an official notary seal. There are many lucrative career opportunities for a qualified notary public.


Qualifications to become a notary public vary from state to state. However, in most states there are several common requirements including: minimum age of 18, U.S. citizenship, ability to read and write English fluently, and no felony convictions. Some states require you to take a notary course and pass an examination, while other states require you to pass the examination only. You may also be required to submit fingerprints to receive a notary public license. Check with your secretary of state department to find the unique requirements for your own state.


If your state requires you to train to become a notary public, you can take an approved online course or register for on-cite classes. During notary education classes, you will learn the state’s notary statutes and procedures, as well as information regarding a notary’s role in society. The training emphasizes the ethical requirements for notaries in performing their duties. Special training may be required if you are interested in becoming a notary signing agent. For instance, If you receive the Mortgage Notary Signing Agent (CSA) certification, you will take training to become familiar with presenting loan documentation for real estate loan transactions.

Career Opportunities

There are many opportunities for a notary to make money. You can open your own office and provide notary services to individuals who need them. People need a notary for any signature that requires a witness, including loan paperwork, selling or buying a vehicle, school permission slips and many other types of documents. You also may be able to partner with a mortgage company and service their loan closings. Depending on the regulations of each state, you may or may not need special training and certification to serve as a notary for a mortgage loan closing. Some auto dealerships hire their own notaries to handle the transfer of automobile titles when buying and selling vehicles.

Fees for Services

When determining what fees you will charge for your notary services, check with your state department to find out if they have a notary fee schedule. If the state does not have a notary fee schedule, there are no regulations regarding what fees you charge. If you provide additional services other than notary fees, such as making copies or any clerical work, you can charge separately for those services. Any fees for your services should be discussed upfront with your client before you notarize any documents or perform other services. It is also a good business practice to provide your clients with an invoice detailing charges for all services.

About the Author

Janet Hunt has worked in the insurance industry for more than 15 years. Now serving in online marketing, she also has expertise in business and finance topics. Hunt received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Hunt has also worked as a food services manager for a high school cafeteria and received her school nutrition certification in 2002.

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Prepare for the Notary Public Exam

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Applicants must study to prepare for the notary public exam.
Applicants must study to prepare for the notary public exam.

A notary public verifies the signature of an individual on documents such as mortgages, deeds and other legal papers. Many states require a notary public to take a licensing exam to demonstrate a basic level of knowledge of notary public laws and the important role of a notary public. Tests are administered at a testing center in writing or offered online, varying from state to state. There are also ample opportunities and materials available to prepare for the exam.

Study The Notary Public Exam Handbook

The licensing authority for the state in which a notary public candidate will serve upon approval provides all the guidelines for taking the exam. This includes a notary public exam handbook. For instance, officials with the Secretary of State’s office oversee North Carolina’s notary public process. The handbook for that state covers every aspect of becoming a notary public, the laws that must be adhered to, and the duties of a notary public. Study the notary public handbook from cover to cover. Then, have a friend test your knowledge. States such as Colorado allow the notary public exam to be taken online as an open-book test. Thorough knowledge of the handbook and where to find information will ensure a passing grade.

Read Notary Public Laws And Recent Cases

Check online for notary public laws in the state you wish to serve. Go to the state legislature home page and enter the words “notary public” in the search engine to find the latest applicable legislation. The statute numbers should also be provided in the notary public exam registration information and in the state’s notary public handbook. The full texts of the laws are often available on the website of the agency issuing the licenses. For instance, the Secretary of State in New York provides full texts of New York laws. Search for recent court cases involving potential errors by notaries public to understand real life application of notary public laws.

Study Potential Scenarios

Review frequently asked questions or common requests made to a notary public. State agencies licensing notaries public will have this information available. States such as California offer these questions and answers online. Acting out potential scenarios will help you to gain an understanding of the laws and the proper actions to take. This will provide insight when answering multiple-choice questions related to decision-making as a notary public. For instance, a notary public may be asked to notarize a document, but did not personally witness its signing. Choosing the right action in this situation could very likely be a question on the exam.

Take A Course or Practice Test

Ask the agency issuing the notary public exam in your state for details about taking a practice test. Pennsylvania offers a practice test online with self-test answers to check your work. Another option is to take a course with an organization such as the National Notary Association. The NNA provides courses online and at conferences around the country for a fee. Books are also available for those unable to attend or afford a notary public course. Go to the NNA website, select your state and discover a wealth of courses, seminars and materials.

About the Author

Kelli Peacock Dunn has been a news editor and photographer since 1998, working at a weekly newspaper in Northwest Florida. Her articles have also appeared in “Panama City Living” magazine and “The Lookout.”

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Notary Public Seal Requirements

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by Lindsey Thompson,

The seal is a universally recognized symbol of notaries and offers legality to documents.
The seal is a universally recognized symbol of notaries and offers legality to documents.

A notary public acts as a government official by being a third-party, impartial witness to document signings. Appointed by each state, a notary public oversees the signing of important documents, such as wills, deeds and contracts, and ensures that each party is entering into a contract legally and knowingly. A notary public utilizes an official seal when notarizing documents. The exact seal requirements for a notary public vary from state to state, but each has similar aspects.


As of December 2010, 28 states and American territories required a notary public to use an official notary public embossed seal. In 25 of those states, the notary public may choose to use a seal or a stamp, and in the other three, the notary public may only use a seal. When a notary public goes out of commission, his seal must be destroyed. In Hawaii, the notary public must turn in his seal to the attorney general within 90 days of resignation.

Physical Features

An embossed notary public seal must lend itself to being photographically reproduced when used on a document. The notary public seal must adhere to certain physical dimensions, depending on state requirements. Circular seals may not be larger than 2 inches in diameter, and rectangular seals cannot be more than 1 inch wide by 2 1/2 inches long. The seal must have a serrated or mill-edged border. Some states and territories, such as Guam, Nevada and Mississippi, require the seal to have a rectangular or circular border around the words.


Each notary public seal must include wording that indicates the state where the notary public operates and the notary public’s name. The seal must also include the words “notary public” and, in some states, the official state seal. Some states, such as New York, require the seal to include the county where the notary public took his oath of office and has his notary public bond on file. Others require the expiration date of the notary public’s commission, the identification number for the notary public, the identification number of the seal’s manufacturer or vendor, or the business address of the notary.


Each notary public must keep his seal in a locked and secure area, and the seal cannot be used by any other person. The notary public can be charged with a misdemeanor if caught allowing someone else to use his seal. Additionally, if a notary public leaves a place of employment, the seal must go with him, even if that employer paid for the seal. When applied to a document, the notary seal must be completely legible, with all wording visible. The notary public may not place the seal over any signatures or any other writing.

About the Author

Lindsey Thompson began her writing career in 2001. Her work has been published in the Cincinnati Art Museum’s “Member Magazine” and “The Ohio Journalist.” Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Notary Public

What is a Notary Public? A Notary Public is a public servant appointed by the State to act as an impartial witness in taking acknowledgments, administering oaths and affirmations, and performing other acts authorized by state law. Notaries lend credibility to the authenticity of certain sensitive signed documents. A notarized document lends assurance to the public that the signatures are authentic and verified.

What Identification is required for notarization? Each signer must present at least one of the following forms of ID listed below. The ID must be current or, if expired, it must have been issued within the last 5 years; contain the signer’s photograph, personal description, and signature; and bear a serial or other identifying number.

  • Driver’s License or nondriver’s ID card issued by a U.S. state.
  • U.S. passport (physical description not required).
  • U.S. Military Identification Card that contains all required elements stated above, (The Common Access Card, CAC, is not acceptable).
  • Driver’s License issued in Mexico or Canada.
  • Foreign passport that has been stamped by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  • Inmate ID Issued by the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

Unacceptable forms of Identification include:

  • Matricula Consular Card
  • Social Security Cards
  • Temporary Driver’s Licenses
  • Driver’s Licenses without photographs

What is a “Mobile” notary public? The “mobile” designation mean the notary does the traveling. We come to your home, office, or other location at your convenience, giving you the advantage of flexible scheduling – evenings and weekends as well as regular business hours.

What is a “Certified Notary Signing Agent”? A Certified Signing Agent has special expertise to conduct loan signings. The Signing Agent is hired as an independent contractor by a title, mortgage, or escrow office to ensure that the loan signing process is properly completed. The Quick Notary is a Certified Signing Agent.

Can a document be notarized when the signer does not have proper identification? Yes, a document can be notarized without proper identification if the signer is personally known by the notary. Otherwise, a notary may rely on the oath of a personally known credible identifying witness OR two credible identifying witnesses that are unknown to the notary.

Why do documents require notarization? Documents require notarization primarily to deter fraud. Notarizing also helps protect the legal rights of the persons whose signatures are being notarized. It is the legal responsibility of the notary, serving as an impartial witness and public official, to ensure that the signers of notarized documents are indeed who they claim to be.

Can a document with blank lines be notarized? A notary public may not notarize a document that is incomplete.

Is notarization required by law? For certain documents, yes. Many affidavits, real estate deeds, loan papers, powers of attorney, and other types of documents must be properly notarized to become legally binding. Often the simplest way to determine whether a document requires notarization is to examine it- specifically, in the signature area- for notarial wording, such as “…subscribed and sworn to before me…”or”…acknowledged to…”. The actual wording varies from state to state (and from country to country), so consider these examples only as a general guide. Also be aware that not all documents requiring notarizing contain the mandatory notarial wording; in such cases, the notary must add the necessary wording to the documents.

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Become A Mobile Notary

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How to Succeed as a Mobile Notary Public

by Amber Keefer

A mobile notary public offers clients the convenience of traveling to them.
A mobile notary public offers clients the convenience of traveling to them.

Notary publics — or notaries public — prepare legal documents, officially witness signatures and certify documents by affixing an official seal. Their potential client base includes realtors, insurance brokers, lenders, auto dealerships, law offices, health-care providers and private individuals. Some notaries are employed in business offices; others work from a home office or provide mobile notary services. A mobile notary public travels to the client’s location at a time convenient for the client. Many mobile notaries are available on weekends and evening hours.

Step 1

Set a reasonable fee. Consider the time you will spend traveling to and from the location of your appointment as well as the estimated length of the appointment. Some states set a maximum fee that notaries may charge for a single notarized signature. You can then charge an additional fee for taking your services to the client.

Step 2

Take into account the fees that other mobile notaries in your area charge. If you know what the competition is charging, you can avoid pricing your services too high.

Step 3

Offer high-quality service so that the same clients will use you again in the future. Tell a client in advance what your fee will be. The laws in some states require that you and the client agree to a fee before you go to the appointment. Get to your appointments on time and conduct yourself in a courteous and professional manner.

Step 4

Treat client information with discretion. Handle client documents with a high level of confidentiality. This will help you build and maintain trust among your clients. Familiarize yourself with your state’s notary laws and the guidelines established to protect the privacy of your clients’ information. It is your responsibility to maintain confidentiality when you have access to a client’s private, personal information.

Step 5

Find a niche market that will set you apart from other mobile notaries. For instance, you can focus your efforts on loan signings or power of attorney documents. Or, you may choose to offer a wide variety of services instead as a way to attract more clients. When it comes to marketing yourself, go after the clients for whom you want to work. Perhaps you see yourself as primarily providing services to elderly individuals who reside in assisted living communities or to real estate firms or brokers who need notary services after hours.

Step 6

Obtain notary public background check certification. Although most states do not require a notary public to submit to a criminal history background check, some do. However, since you will be handling a client’s sensitive personal information, lenders or title companies that use your services may ask you to submit to a more complete background screening.

Step 7

Get bonded even if your state does not require it. Many states bond notary applicants before they become commissioned. Being bonded protects the client if you do not properly notarize a document. The bond reimburses the client for financial losses that you may have caused.

Step 8

Carry Errors and Omissions insurance. This is a type of professional liability insurance policy that protects you if a client sues you. The insurance covers you in the event you make a mistake that in some way financially harms the client. The mistake can be in the form of an error or omission in performing notary services. Even if a court determines that you’ve done nothing wrong, E and O insurance will cover legal expenses you incur defending yourself. If the state in which you are commissioned requires you to be bonded, purchase enough insurance to cover the amount of the bond.

Things Needed

  • Background check certification
  • Bond
  • E&O insurance

About the Author

Amber Keefer has more than 25 years of experience working in the fields of human services and health care administration. Writing professionally since 1997, she has written articles covering business and finance, health, fitness, parenting and senior living issues for both print and online publications. Keefer holds a B.A. from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. in health care management from Baker College.

Sample Acknowledgment

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If you are preparing your own document. Please be sure to include the proper acknowledgment or statement for the notary to seal. Following is the most common statement, a General Acknowledgment. You may copy this paragraph and paste it at the bottom of the page to be signed. Do not place the Acknowledgment on a separate page-  include it in the document on the signature page.

More sample forms can be downloaded from the NC Secretary of State website.




_______________ County, North Carolina


I certify that the following person(s) personally appeared before me this day, each

acknowledging to me that he or she signed the foregoing document:



Name(s) of principal(s)


Date: _________________


(Official Seal)


Official Signature of Notary


                                                                                                                         Notary’s printed name

     My commission expires: ______________________

Become A Notary – Part 2

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  1. Register to take the Notary Public Course at your local community college.
  2. Obtain a North Carolina Notary Public Guidebook from your local community college or from The School of Government, UNC Chapel Hill, CB #3330, Knapp-Sanders Building, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3330, phone: 919-966-4119.
  3. Take the Notary Public Course and pass the notary public examination with a score of 80% or better.
  4. Complete the notary public application and present it to your notary instructor for their signature after successful completion of the Notary Public Course.
  5. Have the notary application notarized.
  6. Obtain the endorsement of a publicly elected official on the notary application.
  7. Send the notarized application to the Department of Secretary of State along with a $50 registration fee to:NC Secretary of State
    PO Box 29626
    Raleigh, NC 27626
  8. Obtain the Notary Oath Notification Letter from the Department of Secretary of State.
  9. Take your oath at the Register of Deeds Office in the county of your residence within 45 days of the Notary Commission issue date. The Register of Deeds’ fee for taking the oath will be $10.
  10. Purchase a North Carolina notary seal.
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