National Notary Association

Over four million notaries belong to the National Notary Association (NNA). Since 1957, this professional association has been a valuable clearinghouse for information, education and support for practicing notary publics in every state.

The motto of the National Notary Association says it well; “The Nation’s Professional Notary Organization.” The expansive NNA web site is a treasure trove of information for persons who want to become a notary as well as those who already hold that office.

Want to find the Notary Public application requirements for any state? Go to www.nationalnotary.org. On the left side, click “Become a Notary”. Point and click on any state in the U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii to see an overview of that state’s application requirements, fee and oath. Since several states require an examination or specific training hours, applicants need to know the rules. The same information is available on every state’s web site, but usually takes some surfing around to get the same information that a few simple clicks get at the National Notary Association’s web site.

The National Notary Association offers training classes and seminars of such high quality that their programs are accredited by standards that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Go to the link for Training Classes then click on Training by State. This brings up another map where you can click on your state and find out what types of NNA classes are offered and the type of format (online, classroom, CD ROM, video or home study).

After obtaining a commission, every notary public needs basic supplies to do business such as an official seal stamp or embosser, forms, journal and certificates. A full range of state specific notary supplies can be purchased from the National Notary Association with a discount given to members. Securing a bond in the amount required by each state is another major business requirement. The National Notary Association has a division, NNA Insurance Services, that offers bonds as well as Errors and Omissions Insurance.

An emerging specialty of increasing acceptance is electronic notarization. The National Notary Association offers training, software, fingerprint scanners and the latest technology to support e-notarization. The News & Resources tab also has several recent articles with information on e-notarization.

Membership in the National Notary Association shows a desire to take the notary public job to a higher level. The Best Practices tab on the web site contains the Notary Code of Responsibility, the ethical standards that member notaries agree to maintain.

This section also includes NNA Position Papers dealing with hot topics such as real estate fraud, digital signatures, misleading use of notary terms and new rules for e-notarization. Position Papers keep practicing notaries informed of what’s new in the field and how to deal with potential problems.

The National Notary Association lives up to it’s mission: “To educate and serve Notaries throughout the United States by imparting knowledge, understanding and unity while instilling only the highest ethical standards of conduct and sound notarial practices.”