A New York City notary takes to the streets for his job. Shahid Pervez, 57, drives from his home in Connecticut to the corner of Madison Avenue and East 64th Street in the Big Apple several times a week and hangs two signs from his car: “Notary Public” and “Copy.”
Next he plugs a laptop and copy machine into the car’s cigarette lighter and begins his work day.
Pervez, who worked as a paralegal in New Jersey and speaks five languages, said people come at random looking for facilities such as emails, verification of documents, translations and powers of attorney. They can complete their tasks in just one visit with him as he sits in his 1997 Geo Prizm.
He begins his work day before 9 a.m. and soon he’s got a long line of customers waiting. The nearby consulate advertises Pervez’s services with a notice posted in the waiting room that reads: “Notary Copies Green Car 64th Street and Madison Avenue.”
Some days Pervez makes $40 and others upward of $500 and averaging about $50,000 a year.
While his customers are happy, New York City officials said that a general vendor license is required to sell goods or services in a public space and such vending is never allowed from a parked vehicle.