Florida notaries are fortunate to have numerous opportunities for education and support. In addition to the Governor’s Notary Section, two national, non-profit, membership organizations offer educational publications and other services to our state’s notaries. The National Notary Association (NNA) was established in 1957 and is based in Chatsworth, California. The chief goal of the NNA is to provide information on notarial laws, customs, and practices, and to support the nation’s 4.5 million notaries with a wide variety of instructional programs, professional services, and advocacy efforts. The Association produces several publications of interest to Florida notaries, including The National Notary magazine, the Notary Bulletin online, The Florida Notary Law Primer, and The Notary Public Code of Professional Responsibility.
The American Society of Notaries (ASN) is the oldest non-profit educational organization for notaries in the United States. Its primary aims are to educate notaries, to protect the office of notary public in America, and to inspire a high ethical code of conduct in our nation’s notaries. ASN is now based in Tallahassee after moving to the Sunshine State in 1994 from Washington, DC. The Society publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, The American Notary, and notary manuals for various states, including Florida. ASN is also dedicated to the historic preservation of the contribution of notaries to America and has an extensive collection of notarial memorabilia, antique documents, seals, and artifacts.
Both organizations hold annual conferences for their members which feature workshops on a variety of issues conducted by experts on notarial practices. Additionally, state officials who regulate notaries gather at these conferences to discuss topics of common interest.
NNA and ASN also assume an advocacy role for notaries. State legislators and officials across the nation often rely upon them for their expert assistance in understanding the complex issues concerning notaries. As a result, these organizations have influenced the development of current notarial laws and practices in Florida and other states. They are well respected for their expertise and valuable service.
If you interested in membership in either or both organizations, you may contact them directly for additional information about their benefits and membership fees.
National Notary Association
9350 DeSoto Avenue
Post Office Box 2402
Chatsworth, CA 91313-2401
American Society of Notaries
Post Office Box 5707
Tallahassee, FL 32314-5707