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What Is An International Notary Public?

New Hotline Resized 3How does one qualify to become an international Notary Public? — J.D., Florida

An “International Notary Public” or “Civil-Law Notary Public” is different from a regular Florida Notary Public. While International Notaries may perform the functions of a Notary Public, they have considerably more authority to perform different types of legal acts that will be recognized around the world. Chapter 118 of the Florida Statutes and Chapter 1N-6 of the Florida Administrative Code contains the rules for qualifying as an International Notary. An applicant must be in good standing with the Florida Bar and have practiced law for at least 5 years (FS 118.10[b]). An applicant must file Form Number DS-DE-38, “Application for Appointment as a Florida Civil-law Notary” and pay the application processing fee of $50. A certificate of good standing issued within 90 days of the date of application showing that the applicant is a member of the Florida Bar must accompany the application (FAC 1N-6.001[1]).

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Alexis holmes

30 Oct 2019

How do I get started

National Notary Association

31 Oct 2019

Hello. If you are interested in becoming a Notary, here is some information you may find helpful: https://www.nationalnotary.org/knowledge-center/about-notaries/how-to-become-a-notary-public

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