What Can a Notary Public Do for You?
A Notary Public is a public official who has the legal authority to witness signatures and certify that a legal document is valid. This is usually applicable to specific types of documents for example contracts, mortgages and deeds. The individual can also administer oaths, identify an individual, solemnize a marriage, attest to photocopies of certain documents, take affidavits, and other duties, jurisdiction.
Notary Publics are found in common law practicing countries including Australia, Canada, India, the United Kingdom and the United States. In the US, a notary public is not appointed by the federal government but rather by the state government, usually by the secretary of state. Because of this, the role of a notary public varies from state to state.
To find a notary public, most state websites provide a directory or way to search for the nearest locations based on town and state or zip code. If this is not possible, one can look for a notary public at these local locations:
• County Courthouse
• Local school
• City or town halls
• Law offices
• Insurance companies
• Post office
• Real Estate Office
• Shipping companies
There are also services available for a mobile notary public, meaning they will make the trip. These as well as other notary publics can be found either online or in a phonebook.
Because a notary public is appointed by state, it is important to see just what services can be provided before attempting to get something notarized. More information on services provided by a notary public can be found on the state’s government website.
The variation between states also applies to the fees for the services. Depending on the jurisdiction and services required, fees will vary and should be inquired about in advance.
In order to become a notary public, the National Notary Association can provide assistance to an individual 18 years or older who is an official resident of the state in which he or she wants to become a notary. By qualifying for the eligibility criteria for the state, filling out an application, and paying a filing fee as well as possibly posting a bond, it is possible to assume office as a notary.