Contact Information: 
Ernest C. Cerino, Jr.
Office of the Mercer County Clerk
609-989-6465

Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello is hosting an educational seminar with the New Jersey Academy for Notaries, open to all notary publics, and to those interested in becoming a Notary Public.

The half day non-credit course will be presented by County Clerk Paula Sollami-Covello and Jennie Stormes of the NJ Academy for Notaries on Wednesday, October 12th from 8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Marina Boathouse in Mercer County Park in West Windsor.

The class, a new offering by the County Clerk’s Office, is designed to have Notary Publics learn to perform their duties with confidence, diligence, and to avoid liability issues. Current Notary Publics will learn new skills sets and new technologies that will assist them in their daily duties. Members of the general public and prospective Notary Publics will learn how to obtain or renew a notary commission and get a clear understanding of the steps needed to become a notary public.

The Office of the Mercer County Clerk swears in new notaries, once their paperwork from the State Treasurer’s Office is processed at the Courthouse in Trenton, and also monthly at the County Connection Offices in Hamilton.

“The course will assist both new and experienced notaries to perform their notarial duties properly and faithfully,” said Sollami Covello.

The in-depth topics covered at the four- hour seminar will allow participants to:
  • Learn steps for a proper notarization.
  • Learn how to complete a Notary Journal.
  • Learn how to examine identification.
  • Simple explanations of New Jersey Notary Laws.
  • Avoid serious problems by learning how to perform notarization's without errors.
To register, contact the Mercer County Clerk’s Office at 609-989-6466. The course is limited to 50 individuals for a nominal fee of $15, and includes a continental breakfast, and class materials.

A Notary Public is a state-appointed officiant who serves as an impartial witness in the signing of documents and attests signatures. Under the authority of the State Treasurer, Notaries serve for a five-year period and may renew the appointment in five-year increments. Notary public candidates must reside or be employed in Mercer County and be at least 18 years of age. For further information on how to become a Notary Public visit www.mercercounty.org and click on County Clerk or call 609-989-6466.