Become a Notary: It Helps Your Association! It’s Easy! It’s Cheap!
By: Fran McGovern, Esquire
Managers Who Are Notaries Help Their Associations
A Notary Public witnesses the signing of documents and acknowledgement of signatures. Too
often, assessment liens, resolutions and governing document amendments are approved and
signed, but no notary is readily available. This delays the recording of these documents and
sometimes results in increased attorney fees. Managers who become notaries can expedite the
recording process by notarizing the required signatures immediately instead of the signers having
to go to a bank or an attorney’s office.
Becoming a Notary is Easy and Cheap
Becoming a notary is easy and cheap. The Department of Treasury’s Notary Public page:
http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/revenue/dcr/programs/notary.shtml contains an overview of
Notary Public requirements. Most importantly, this page contains an Online Notary Application
link that allows you to apply and pay the fee online. The fee is only $30 and the cost for the
stamp and notary journal is only about $25.
Completing the application only takes about fifteen minutes. Once the application is completed,
it will be submitted to your local representative for approval. Within 90 days from when you
receive the approval package, you must go to the County Clerk’s office in your County and be
sworn in. It’s that simple.
McGovern Legal Services, LLC is currently offering Notary Public seminars to management
company employees to assist them in becoming New Jersey Notaries. Please contact us for
information or to arrange a seminar at your company.