As a notary public in the State of Connecticut (CT) and Sri Lanka, it gives a great pleasure to help folks with notarization when they seek it.
It is relatively easy to become a notary in CT (you take one time exam and renew the license each year for $60 paid to the Secretary of State). I have been a notary for over 10 years.
It is a long and tedious process to become a notary public in Sri Lanka . Apart from the paperwork submitted to three places (supreme court, registrar general and land registry), you have to take an oath from a high court judge. And maintaining the license in Sri Lanka is even more cumbersome. Each month the notary must submit a list of deeds he notarized to the land registry. If none were notarized, the notary submits a "null" list. Evey year in March the license has to be renewed. The wide range of authority given to notaries in Sri Lanka, perhaps, the reason for this madness. The notary must also maintain a log of deeds and an official seal there. The seal is a must in CT too, and the notary takes oath from the town clerk to uphold the law and constitution of the United States.
The most common documents that are notarized are, power of attorney, certification of an document to be a true copy of the original, certifying the signature of a testator of a will, certifying the signature of any deed, administration of oath and affidavits.
A notary in Sri Lanka cannot charge for his services. It is also a free public service in the USA.