Worth becoming a US notary?
Thread poster: N.M. Eklund

N.M. Eklund  Identity Verified
France
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Oct 6, 2008

I know we cannot notarize our own translations, but as translators, would it be an added value to complete our range of offered services by becoming a US notary?
Do you think there is a sufficient demand, or would it be too limited because a notary is only certified for one state?
I'm also curious to know if there are some translators out there who offer this kind of service.

Thanks,
Natalia


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Oleg Osipov  Identity Verified
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I... Oct 6, 2008

I don't think it's of great value, unless one works for a company shipping lots of notarized documents with apostilles overseas like adoption documents among other cases.
Anyway, you never know when you might need acting in the capacity of notary next time.


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Luis E. Romero
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Notary Oct 6, 2008

Do you live in France or the USA because you need to reside in the US to be able to become a notary. Also, different states have different procedures a person must take to become a notary. For example, in New York State a person must take an exam and pass it and in the state next door, New Jersey, you can just fill out a form and send it in with a fee and you can become a notary. In New York you pay a $60 fee every four years to renew your commission, so in reality it's not a lot of money.

I am a notary for the State of New York, but I work in a law firm so for me it's beneficial because I notarize documents like five times a day.


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John Rawlins  Identity Verified
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Notaries are notably different Oct 7, 2008

It's an amusing cultural difference that in countries like Spain a notary is treated with great deference and is one of the traditional figures of authority in any town, while in some American states a notary can be anybody with a rubber stamp and a photocopier.

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Daina Jauntirans  Identity Verified
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Yes, very different Oct 7, 2008

Here is a good explanation of what continental European notaries do:
http://www.bnotk.de/Bundesnotarkammer/Stellungnahmen_Positionspapiere/Notare_in_Europa[EN].html

Not really comparable to the position of a US notary.


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