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Notary Business: 9 Ways To Earn Extra Money

Personal-Development.jpgOriginally published January 29, 2014. Updated 2-2-17.

Mobile Notaries are constantly looking for opportunities to expand their business offerings. To help, the Notary Bulletin has been highlighting a number of resources for signing agents and Notaries to earn additional income.

As we find more options, we will add to this list.

If you have information on new income opportunities, please contact us at

1. Field Inspections

What is it? Field inspectors verify information about businesses. For example, a field inspector might be sent to verify that a medical clinic is a valid business by visiting their address, looking at their business license, talking to a manager or taking photos of the office.

What qualifications are needed? Most inspections require no previous qualifications though a background check may be required. Many companies offer brief training over the phone. Most inspections require a high-speed internet connection and a digital camera with a flash and time and date stamp capability. You’ll also need a reliable vehicle.

How much does it pay? A typical inspection — a business verification, for example — generally pays between $18-$40 and takes 10-15 minutes. 

How can I get started? The Society of Field Inspectors provides guidance on getting started as a field inspector. OnSource, a company that provides photo inspection services to insurance companies, is interested in Notaries working as photo inspectors for them, and has an online application form

2. Process Servers

What is it? Process servers serve legal documents to individuals such as subpoenas and other court-related documents.

What qualifications are needed? The laws regulating process servers vary from state to state, so it’s important to know and follow all state laws. Several jurisdictions require fees in order to become a server, as well as other costs such as those incurred for a background check, surety bond, or testing and licensing costs, so be aware that an upfront investment may be necessary to embark on this career opportunity.

How much does it pay? Fees vary between jurisdictions.

How do I get started? For more information you can contact the National Association of Professional Process Servers. You can also search online for local state associations to join.

3. Virtual Assistant

What is it? Virtual assistants are independent contractors who work remotely from their home or office to provide clients with services such as bookkeeping, event planning, data processing or administrative phone and email support.

What qualifications are needed? This can vary depending on your skill set (administrative assistant, web designer, event planner, etc.). The web page recommends people who have strong communications and writing skills, are self-disciplined enough to work and meet deadlines without outside supervision.

How much does it pay? This depends on the type of services provided and the amount charged by the individual assistant.

How can I get started? More information is available through the International Virtual Assistants Association.

4. Mobile Exam Proctors

What is it? A mobile exam proctor is typically assigned to meet a student taking an exam for an online course at the testing location. When a student takes tests for an online course, typically the student is required to take tests outside the home — at a library, business or anywhere outside the residence with an internet connection. The mobile proctor supervises the exam and makes sure the student doesn’t cheat.

What qualifications are needed? A background check is the key qualification to ensure that the proctor is trustworthy.

How much does it pay? The typical fee for proctoring an exam is $25-30 per hour. Availability of assignments varies, but can range from 10-20 exams per semester.

How can I get started? You can contact local educational institutions to find out if they have proctoring positions available and what qualifications are required. SmarterProctoring is a service that registers prospective proctors and matches them with available assignments in their area.

5. Personal Concierge

What is it? A personal concierge is an individual who provides any number of services, from booking travel and restaurant reservations to grocery shopping to waiting in line at the DMV.

How much does it pay? Whatever the market will allow. You can set your own fees based on the services you offer and what you negotiate with clients.

What qualifications are needed? No special training is required, but there is a certification program you can get. You will need a car, good people skills and a flexible schedule — but so does any mobile Notary.

How can I get started? The National Concierge Association (NCA) provides more information. Members receive access to mentor programs, online tools and resources, educational conferences and the NCA Certification Program for Concierges.

6. Form I-9 Services

What is it? Every employer must complete a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification for every employee it hires. Because of the growing number of remote employees in the workforce, employers are allowed to designate an authorized representative to complete the form on their behalf. And the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sees Notaries as good candidates to serve in this role.

How much does it pay? There is no set fee. Because this is not a notarial act, you may negotiate your fees with each client.

What qualifications are needed? No special training is required, but it is helpful to be familiar with the form and the tasks required of you as an employer’s representative. USCIS holds periodic webinars.

How can I get started? You should advertise your services on your webpage and social media pages, and reach out to various businesses that are likely to hire remote employees on a regular basis.

A special note for California Notaries: The California Secretary of State’s office has determined that the Form I-9 is an immigration form. Consequently, you may only provide this service if you are qualified and bonded as an immigration consultant under state law.

7. Wedding Officiant

What is it? A wedding officiant conducts marriage ceremonies for a fee. An officiant not only performs the actual wedding ceremony, but is also responsible for completing and filing the wedding documents with the appropriate vital records division in a timely fashion after the ceremony.

What qualifications are needed? Four states — Florida, Maine, Nevada and South Carolina — authorize commissioned Notaries to perform marriage ceremonies as part of their official duties. Nevada also requires commissioned Notaries to apply for permission to perform a marriage ceremony up to five times per year. In other states, Notaries can apply for a separate license to perform wedding ceremonies. This could include becoming ordained through an online ministry, but requirements and licensing procedures vary greatly from state to state. Requirements may also differ for performing religious versus civil and non-denominational ceremonies.

How much does it pay? Florida permits Notaries to charge $20 and Nevada $75 to conduct a marriage ceremony. South Carolina permits a $5 notarial fee and separate travel fee. Other states do not specify the amount that may be charged for officiating a wedding. For other states, fees vary depending on state laws, region and the date and time the ceremony takes place.

How can I get started? Check with your state Notary-regulating agency if you are commissioned in a state that authorizes Notaries to perform weddings. In other states, check with the county clerk’s office in the jurisdiction you wish to perform weddings in for more information. If you are active with a church or other religious affiliation, you may wish to consult with your clergy to see if becoming a wedding officiant will affect your religious standing.

8. Mystery Shopping

What is it? A “mystery shopper” visits the business as a customer, and then provides detailed feedback on the experience. Assignments can range from a quick stop at a convenience store or dining at a restaurant to an overnight stay at a hotel.

What qualifications are needed? Anyone can apply to become a mystery shopper. But the shoppers in highest demand are detail-oriented, observant, and punctual — traits that successful Notary entrepreneurs typically share.

How much does it pay? Fees can range from $5 for a five-minute store purchase to $100-$200 for an evaluation that requires an overnight hotel stay.

How do I get started? Mystery shoppers typically start by registering with a provider company offering assignments in the shopper’s area. The Mystery Shopping Providers Association ( is a good place to start. However, be careful to stay away from any companies that want you to pay them in exchange for work — you should never have to pay anyone for mystery shopping assignments.

9. Uber Driver

What is it? Uber is a ridesharing service that matches riders with drivers via a smartphone app. Customers who need a ride place a request using the app, which in turn alerts an available driver in the area with the option to provide transportation in exchange for a fee.

What qualifications are needed? Uber drivers must have access to a four-door automobile and pass a background check. ​

How much does it pay? Uber fares can vary widely depending on distance driven, time involved, time of day and type of vehicle driven. One advantage is that there are no set times a driver is required to pick up passengers. A driver can simply turn on the app at anytime they would like to make themselves available for fares.

How do I get started? Applicants can submit their name and contact information online to start the application process. Notaries who sign up to drive using the NNA’s partner link will get a $50 reward from Uber after they complete their first trip.

David Thun is an Associate Editor at the National Notary Association.




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27 Jul 2014

Thank you


27 Jul 2014

Appreciate the information. Pursuing dual commission and it seems like there are notaries everywhere. I'm always looking for ways to expand my money skills and be competitive.

Claudia Bain

28 Jul 2014

This is interesting information. I will look into some of them. Thank you.


28 Jul 2014

Thank you so much; exciting and very helpful information.

Celsa M Emery

28 Jul 2014

Useful information. Thanks

Ginger Tapert

28 Jul 2014

Interesting ideas...thank you for sharing some of the opportunities.


28 Jul 2014

This information was extremely helpful ! Thank You so much for getting the info out there! As a new Notary - I am always looking for opportunities to make more money with my notarization.

Dorothy Eright

28 Jul 2014

Thank you. Keep that information coming. I will definitely apply for some of them. I'm always looking for moneymaking ideas.

Teana Ranvier

28 Jul 2014

This was very helpful I will be doing a few of these so THANKS

Anne MCglorthon

28 Jul 2014

Thanks for the information, I am always looking for ways to make addition income.

Barbara Woods-Erwin

29 Jul 2014

Great Information, Thanks

29 Jul 2014

Love it! I wonder if there's a shortage of hotel mystery shoppers in Hawaii.


31 Jul 2014

Thank you very helpful information... Extra income is always good to know... Thank you again ..,


07 Aug 2014

Thank for this information......very helpful

Margarita Zutler-Itin

12 Aug 2014

I am in the State of Ohio, what is the proper way to get a Marriage Officiant license. Please provide with the website or step by step instructions. Thanks.

National Notary Association

12 Aug 2014

Hi Margarita, You may want to start with the rules for applying for a Minister License on the Ohio Secretary of State's website: Good luck and have a great day!


06 Oct 2014

Interested in performing wedding ceremonies. I live in Pa. Help me to make this gappen.

National Notary Association

06 Oct 2014

Hello Miriam, Here is an article with tips and guidelines on becoming a wedding officiant that may be helpful to you:

Cheryl Casebolt

14 Oct 2014

This has nothing to do with the particular article on this page, but I wanted to get some info to you. The acknowledgement "Stamp" that has the California wording on it, is not liked by the Ventura County Recorder's office, apparently. I had a client today tell me that the clerk added a sheet with the wording to the document and said the stamped wording was too small as they put everything on microfilm. I won't be getting a new stamp again after the acknowledgement wording changes in January 2015. Thanks.


16 Jan 2015

Interested in performing wedding ceremonies, what do i need, and where can I obtain the documents

National Notary Association

20 Jan 2015

Hello Lilia, Currently, only Florida, Maine, Nevada and South Carolina authorize Notaries to officiate weddings. What state are you commissioned in? If you are not commissioned as a Notary in one of these states, you would need to seek out an alternate process to apply as a non-Notary wedding officiant


23 Mar 2015

Thank you, it is great to have ideas to make extra money


11 May 2015

This information is so important. Thanks so much.


30 Jun 2015

Thank you for posting this information. I have been looking for other ways to earn money. This is a big help.

Shari Burke

11 Aug 2015

I got my minister license but does Texas require anything special when you perform a wedding? 7C6Yxu

National Notary Association

11 Aug 2015

Hello. Please see here for more information on TX marriage statutes:


23 Sep 2015

Thanks just what I needed to help me work for myself.

Nadine M Wescott

07 Mar 2016

Thank you for the info.. helpful !


18 Mar 2016

nice articlec

Teresita Neris

06 Feb 2017

Nice article, I'm always looking for oppotunities like this to make some money extra.


07 Feb 2017

Thanks for the information, I have heard of some of these.

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