At this link, you will find how to apply, the statutes that guide online notaries, and sample notarial certificates. (The link is also below.)
Online Notary Public Education Information (7/1/18 - critical information)
Learn About Digital Certificate Requirements
Online & Traditional Notary Laws
For resources on Traditional Pen & Ink Notary Laws and Training, go here!!
Critical reading for notaries at the following links:
- Chapter 406 of the Texas Government Code
- Chapter 121 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code
- Title 1, Part 4, Chapter 87 of the Texas Administrative Code
- Proposed Notary Rules as published in the Texas Register on June 29, 2018 (Comments taken until 7/6/18 at noon. This should be finalized after 7/6/18. However, as the state's website says, you must take responsibility for staying current on your laws by visiting the SOS's website regularly.)
How to Get Correct Answers to Online Notary Questions
2-Read the Online Notary Public Education Information (Texas Secretary of State)
3-Refer to the links under "Online & Traditional Notary Laws" heading above.
How to Get Bad Information on Becoming a Texas Online Notary
Ask people on Facebook who do not take the time to tell you the exact rule or law, or who say "I think it is this and that..." because they are not informed or equipped to help you.
The same holds true for the online notary supply sellers' hotlines. If you call them, ask for the rule or law where the answers came from.
Notaries must take responsibility for this important step in their notary careers and not ask complete strangers' opinions--these are not casual or easy answers.
At this time, I cannot answer your questions about becoming online notary public in Texas because I am not completely confident in what I "think" I know." Please read the proposed rules, the online notary public education information, and at least Tex. Gov't Code 406 and Tex. C.P.R.C. 121.
I have signed up with a platform, have my digital certificate, and now I am looking at another possible platform as an alternative.
I will not share the names of these until my online commission has been denied (for lack of meeting technology specs) or approved.
Thanks, Brenda 7/1/18
How to apply and get started as an Online Texas Notary!
Once you have read every link above and all the rules, FAQs, and laws pertaining to your notary commission, go here.