How to Become a Notary in Western Pennsylvania

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    • 1). Choose a three-hour notary course to take before you complete your application to become a Pennsylvania notary public. The fee for the notary instruction course is $55 as of 2010. You can choose to take the course online or in person.

    • 2). Obtain and fill out an application to become a notary public. Applications are available from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of State website or at any of their office locations.

    • 3). Answer all the questions and provide all the requested information. Incomplete applications will be discarded. You must be at least 18 years old without having ever been convicted of a crime, and you must be a resident of Pennsylvania.

    • 4). Write a check for $40, the notary public application fee as of 2010, to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Include with your application fee and application a check to "M. Burr Keim Agency" for $50 to cover the required bond that is given to your notary commission for the four years you are appointed. Also include a check made payable to the Notaries Equipment Company for $10 for handling and fees and mail to:

      Notaries Equipment Company

      2021 Arch Street

      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-1491

      The Notaries Equipment Company will forward your application and fees to a Pennsylvania state senator for approval. You will then receive your appointment letter in the mail, along with your bond information and your notary seal.

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