Once upon a warm, sunny day - today, actually - I was at the family home, and during a random conversation about wills etc, my mother mentioned that she might have to find a public notary. After a little conversation about what they were and what they did (both my parents used to be one), I realized that if it were not too difficult, it might make an interesting adventure to set out and become one, if only so I could put an actual profession on my business cards. Plus, in Louisiana they have many and various cool powers, like doing affidavits, marrying people, and the like.
But that’s just the thing. I was born in Florida, and all my papers and documents are to that effect. However, I conduct my daily life and circumstances in the great state of Loozeeyanna. From what I have learned, becoming an NP in Florida is easier than easy - you just have to observe a three-hour presentation on the computer, and fill out some forms. No actual examinations are required. On the other hand, to become one in Louisiana is shockingly difficult - you have you sit an examination that is only given twice a year, and from what I have seen it is actually very difficult.
So therein lies the question. Under the Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution, it seems like you can become a notary anywhere you are eligible to, and exercise your powers anywhere in the country. However, considering how radically different the procedures are here and there, and considering how stick-out-ish Louisiana is in general from the rest of the country, does the Dope community believe that I can get this certification in Florida and reasonably use it in Louisiana? I’m not trying to make this my chief source of income or anything, so I’m unafraid to say “I don’t know how to do that” if somebody asks.
In the Louisiana Notary Public Law, it says, and I quote
Can I take this at face value?