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Ever thought about joining the ranks of the 80,000 notaries public in the state? The Pennsylvania Association of Notaries will host a seminar at a York-area hotel in November, telling people what it takes to become a notary public.

The first-time notary seminar, part of a series that includes a seminar for current notaries public, will be held at the Wyndham Garden York, 2000 Loucks Road in West Manchester Township, on Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $64 per seminar.

The first-time seminar is a state-approved course and fulfills the three-hour mandatory education provision for new notaries, said Ruth Kohler, spokeswoman for the association.

Requirements: Notaries public are appointed through the Pennsylvania Department of State after an application is submitted and approved.

In order to become one, the applicant must be live or work in the state, be at least 18-years-old and be of good moral character, Kohler said.

"If you had a felony within the last five years, you can't even apply," she said, adding notaries can be reappointed every four years.

In Pennsylvania, notaries public can administer oaths and affirmations, certify copies and take depositions, affidavits, verifications and acknowledgements, according to the Department of State.

Most people use their services when buying a house, creating a will or setting up a power-of-attorney and most law offices have employees who are notaries public, Kohler said.

"It's more of a convenience than anything else," she said.

If you go: To sign up for the first-time notary seminar, contact the Pennsylvania Association of Notaries at 1-800-944-8790, or click here.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.

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