What is a Notary Public?
A Notary Public is a responsible person
of proven integrity appointed by the state government to serve the public as an impartial witness to the signing of important documents and administer oaths.  A notary is considered a public official and must follow specific rules and regulations set up by the state.


What services do Notaries perform?

Notaries are commissioned by the Secretary of State as a public officer qualified and bonded under the laws of a particular jurisdiction for the performance of notarial acts, usually in connection with the execution of some document.

What are Common Types of Notarization?

    Acknowledgment - Positive identification of signer by notary

    Jurat - Notary compels signer to tell the truth

    Oaths/Affirmations - Administered to signer by notary

Why is it necessary to have my documents Notarized?
To prevent or discourage fraud.  The Notary
Public is needed to certify the identity of document signers, administer oaths and affirmations and act as impartial witnesses. As an impartial witness (the Notary) ensures that the signers of documents are who they say they are and not impostors. The Notary makes sure that signers have entered into agreements knowingly and willingly.

What identification do I need?
We will need to see a current document that has a photograph, physical description and a signature.  All signers must provide current, legal photo ID, preferably a state-issued driver or non-driver ID or U.S. Passport.  Acceptable ID is that which is current or has been issued within five years, contains a photograph and description of the person named on it, shall be signed by the person, shall bear a serial or other identifying number, and in the event that the document is a passport, shall have been stamped by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Does my document need to be notarized?
Some real estate deeds, affidavits, and other documents may not be legally binding unless they are notarized.


Is notarization required by law?
For many documents, yes. Certain affidavits, real estate deeds and other documents may not be legally binding unless they are properly notarized.

Can I have any document notarized?
The notarized document must contain:
            -text committing the signer in some way
            -an original signature of the document signer
            -a notary’s certificate which appears on or attached to the document.


Does notarization mean that a document is "true" or "legal" ?
No. Notaries are not responsible for the accuracy or legality of documents they notarize. Notaries certify the identity of signers. The signers are responsible for the content of the documents.

Can a Notary Public advise of the accuracy or legality of documents?

Notary Publics are prohibited by law from rendering legal advice of any nature during or in conjunction with a Notarial Act. If you have any questions, please consult an attorney PRIOR to contacting a Notary.

May a Notary refuse to services?

A Notary is a public official who should not refuse service based on race, nationality, religion, lifestyle or because the client is not a client or customer.  A Notary may refuse to serve someone if they are uncertain of a signer's identity, willingness, or general competence, or suspects fraud. 


What are the qualification of a Notary Public?

Each state has its own qualifications and expectations.  In California, a notary applicant must meet the following qualifications: 

    - Must be at least 18 years of age

    - Must be a resident of the state

    - Possess integrity

    - Submit fingerprints


What is the maximum signature fee a notary can charge?

All notarization fees are based on the California statutory code, with a maximum of $10.00 per signature. Travel charges, copy fees, documentation fees and service related fees are additional and are separate fee from the notarization. No two notarizations are exactly alike, some require hours of preparation while others may require only the completion of a simple form; fees may reflect this. Fees are normally charged per person, per item, per incident. To allow for expedient notarization without incurring additional fees, please be certain all documents are appropriately completed.



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