There are many personal as well as professional reasons why you might seek to become a notary public in New Jersey. You might be the owner of a small business, or you might be required to become a notary for your job at a bank, law firm or government office. Many notary candidates are simply looking for the satisfaction that comes with serving the local community in an official role.

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Sample Certificate of Acknowledgment - Click for Full View
Certificate of Acknowledgment
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Did you know? The acknowledgment is the most commonly performed notarial act. You will learn the proper steps in taking an acknowledgment, including the spoken as well as the written parts, in Lesson 3 of our online course. This is just one example of what you'll learn with us.
Here are a few other helpful things to know:
• The online course material is divided into seven lessons along with a glossary and interactive self-assessment quiz (40 questions).
• The seven lessons are: Introduction; Qualifications & Appointment; Acknowledgments; Oaths, Affirmations & Affidavits; Other Notarial Duties; Restrictions; and, Misconduct & Penalties. They are formatted for easy reading on your computer screen. If printed, the lessons amount to 50 pages.
• This course will help you focus on the terms, concepts and procedures you specifically need to know to serve competently in your new public and professional role.

This class helps you prepare for your day-to-day duties as a New Jersey Notary Public and provides you with a comprehensive view of the notary public office. Confusing laws, concepts and procedures are clearly explained, and examples are given to illustrate situations that a notary is likely to encounter. Topics include avoiding conflicts of interest, maintaining professional ethics, charging proper fees, when to defer to an attorney and minimizing legal liability. Learn how to properly execute acknowledgments and affidavits, and how to administer oaths and affirmations, as well as inform yourself about what you cannot do as a notary within the State of New Jersey, such as performing marriages or certifying copies of official records. An orientation course such as this one is a must for notary candidates to become fully aware of the authority, duties, and responsibilities relating to this important public office. We believe we have the best online course materials and live instructor support (via email, phone, Skype or Zoom to answer your questions) available to New Jersey notary candidates. PLEASE NOTE: This class does not consist of "standalone" material; it is designed for your supplemental study. The State of New Jersey has not approved any specific coursework to date, since announcing recent changes. According to the Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services, "At this time, reading the manual satisfies the requirement for coursework." Questions? Email Steven.
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Easy-to-Read LessonsEasy-to-Read Lessons

The online course material is essentially the same as what is given at our 3-hour live program. The language is plain English, the course outline is clearly structured, and our online viewer is a breeze to navigate. The New Jersey-specific details are as up-to-date as possible. If you're looking for the New York edition of the course instead, click here.

Hands-on LearningHands-on Learning

We provide you with sample forms (an acknowledgment certificate, affidavit and more) to print out and follow along with the lessons in step-by-step fashion, as though you were actually sitting in the classroom.


While typical seminars run from $75 to $175, our online version is only $39. "O.K.," you might say, "That sounds fine — I will save money by taking the class online, even though I might prefer live classroom instruction. But how much are the mandatory State fees that I must pay to become a notary?" Answer: Whether you choose the traditional classroom format or an online option, your official filing fees are minimal. There is a $25 fee payable to the N.J. State Treasurer, along with a $15 fee payable to your County Clerk when you get sworn in. Your New Jersey notary commission, i.e. license, will be good for FIVE years.

No Commercials!No Commercials!

We point you to sources of notary supplies, such as stamps, and services such as Notary Public Errors & Omissions Insurance, without "pushing" any products in particular. We give you straight talk about which product lines are preferred. You'll appreciate the practical, hands-on, "no-nonsense" teaching style.

Personalized ApproachPersonalized Approach

The instructor begins his presentation by giving you his business card with full contact information, just as he does in the live classroom. He is available to answer your questions via email, telephone, Skype or Zoom. This means you get not only the written self-paced course materials, but also DIRECT ACCESS to a QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR — all for only $39. Please feel free to reach out. We enjoy hearing from our students, and we are interested in being a part of your success! Enroll now.

About the Instructor

Steven E. WilliamsSteven E. Williams, author of the online course, is a Notary Instructor within the SUNY system, member of the American Society of Notaries and experienced Mobile Notary and Notary Signing Agent. He is a commissioned notary public in the States of New York and New Jersey. Over the past 14 years, he has conducted Notary Public Seminars at Columbia-Greene Community College, Schenectady County Community College (Schenectady & Downtown Albany Campuses), SUNY Adirondack and The Knowledge Network as well as introductory and refresher courses for private groups upon request. As a witness-only Notary Signing Agent, Steven has processed hundreds of residential mortgage loan document packages on behalf of lenders, title companies and settlement agents since 2007. In addition, he is a licensed Insurance Broker (Property & Casualty as well as Life, Accident & Health) and formerly licensed Mortgage Loan Originator. His journey into notarial practice began with guidance from longtime instructors Viktor Bujanow and Nicholas A. Tulve. He is available to provide expert witness testimony, document review services and technical support in all matters relating to notarization.


Here are eight screenshots to illustrate our online learning format. All materials — the seven lessons, glossary and self-assessment quiz — can be viewed on your computer screen or printed out for your own individual use.
The lessons by themselves amount to 50 pages if printed. Our goal is to make your learning experience as easy, convenient and thorough as possible. If you have any questions about the course format or contents, please email Steven.
Preview of Lesson 1: Introduction   Preview of Lesson 2: Qualifications & Appointment
Preview of Lesson 3: Acknowledgments   Preview of Lesson 4: Oaths, Affirmations & Affidavits
Preview of Lesson 5: Other Notarial Duties   Preview of Lesson 6: Restrictions
Preview of Lesson 7: Misconduct & Penalties   Preview of Glossary

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Onward and Upward...

14th AnniversaryThe online course was launched on October 1, 2011. We are now celebrating the website's 12th full year, and my 14th anniversary of teaching the course to groups. You might be interested to know that the lessons are updated on an ongoing basis, in real time, to keep pace with changing laws, clarify application procedures and address frequently asked questions. Therefore, our materials are more relevant and up-to-date than anything you are likely to encounter in traditional formats such as printed textbooks. Exciting new developments are unfolding in New Jersey with the approval of Assembly Bill 4250 on July 22, 2021 — the first major revisions to the N.J. Notary Public Act of 1979, now renamed the New Jersey Law on Notarial Acts. The most important new provisions deal with electronic and remote notarization. In addition, there are written exam and continuing education requirements. Taking a course and earning a passing grade on a written examination will be required for your initial 5-year commission (i.e., license). Continuing education will be required for commission renewals. Keeping a journal of official notarial acts is now mandatory. There are many other new provisions that we are just beginning to understand and appreciate. These changes will be implemented over the coming months. For the time being, no specific coursework is required for eligibility. According to the N.J. Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services, "At this time, reading the manual satisfies the requirement for coursework."
As a result, there is some confusion — New Jersey notary candidates find themselves at a disadvantage when it comes to preparing for their actual day-to-day duties and functions in 2024 and beyond. Many recommended reading lists are, quite frankly, outdated. Publishers have been waiting for the other shoe to drop in Trenton before releasing new study guides. Meanwhile, there is a persistent need for quality seminars.
Our seminar provides orientation for first-time New Jersey notary public candidates as well as current notaries who are looking for an update and refresher course. The seven lessons are very comprehensive. You'll learn the basics to help minimize legal liability and succeed in the performance of your official duties.
Furthermore, the overall learning experience of our N.J. Notary Public Online Seminar is as personalized as you would like it to be. Please free to contact me at any time. My telephone number is provided to you upon enrolling in the course. I'm also happy to communicate via email, Skype and Zoom.
Once you have taken the live program or the online course, or both, and if you would like to share your comments, we want to hear from you. We enjoy hearing the success stories of candidates who, with a little help from us, have gone forth to become confident, competent, duly commissioned notaries. Please email feedback@NotaryEd.Com. Thank you!
Steven E. Williams
July 15, 2024
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