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How Do I Become a Notary Public in Canada?

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Becoming a notary public in Canada is a long, if not overly difficult, process. It can take up to two and a half years to qualify to become a notary public in Canada, but you can speed up the process if you already possess a degree in a field related to business. If you've always dreamed of becoming a notary public, but weren't sure how, this article can help set you on the path to achieving your dream.

Obtain a college degree from an accredited university in a field related to business. All applicants to become a notary public in Canada must possess a degree in a field such as business, law or finance. Applicants whose degree was obtained at a university outside of Canada must have their credentials compared to be sure they meet the same requirements.

Have at least five years business experience in a related field. When applying to become a notary public in Canada, special preference will be given to individuals who have a legal background, or who have worked in professional accounting, real estate, insurance or banking.

Possess at least a basic knowledge of computers and software. Candidates applying for the position of notary public will be expected to be computer literate. If you struggle with computers, but are still interested in applying to become a notary public in Canada, you will need to complete additional computer training before applying.

Demonstrate an above-average ability in communicating with others. Applicants will have to demonstrate their ability to communicate with others professionally in both written and verbal communications. Those applying to become a notary public in Canada will also have to pass an English Language Proficiency Index.

Set up an independent, public notary practice. After you have met the requirements to apply to become a notary public and have submitted your credentials and completed the Language Proficiency Index, you will be able to practice as a notary. Be aware that this process can take up to two and a half years to complete.

Tip

To become a notary public in Canada, an applicant must be either a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Warning

People with criminal records, or even bankruptcy records, do not meet the requirements needed to become a notary public in Canada. Additionally, applicants should be considered citizens in good moral standing who have a history of serving their community.

About the Author

Megan Mattingly-Arthur has been writing professionally since 1998. She has contributed to various publications, including "Teen Voices" and "Positive Teens" magazines, as well as a book, "The Young Writer's Guide to Getting Published." Mattingly-Arthur is studying travel and tourism through Penn Foster Career School.

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