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October 23, 2018

How many days of education should a Notary have?

Filed under: General Stories — Tags: , — admin @ 12:55 am

Since the activities of a Notary public can incriminate themselves as well as their signers, it behooves the states to have a longer educational requirement. Additionally, no state that I am aware of teaches facial recognition and how to spot a fake ID which should be central to the notarization process.

I feel that notary classes should be government mandated and at least four days long since so much fraud is possible. Careless notaries create or allow fraud while a smart and well trained Notary would be able to deter almost all of it. My ideas for a Notary course would be the following.

1. Understanding basic notary acts and law
2. Journal and form filling
3. When to say no and how to handle situations which are hard to tell if they are legal or not.
4. Facial recognition and spotting fake ID’s
5. Hands on practice

Being a good Notary is somewhat hard and requires a reasonable IQ as there are logical distinctions that Notaries need to make that most Notaries are not smart enough to make. An IQ of 95 should be enough, but perhaps I am wrong and it needs to be 110 to be a safe Notary. That should be up to states who are paying careful attention to the quality of their Notary’s work.


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  1. Well Written blog. i thoroghly enjoyed reading it. Your ideas regarding Notary course sounds good. I will recommend this blog to my friends.

    Comment by Matt Duke — October 23, 2018 @ 10:42 am

  2. Good article. I wish the training class was longer as well to handle what you mentioned in your blog. However, when I took the class several years ago, the instructor did go over how to spot a fake I. D. You take your thumb and feel the I. D. If it feels uneven, then you know it could possible be a fake. Remember, it is each individual state that sets the requirements for becoming a notary public.

    Comment by Ellen Michaels — October 23, 2018 @ 1:53 pm

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