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What is a Notary Public

What is a Notary Public?
A Notary Public is a public
servant appointed by state government to witness the signing of important
documents and administer oaths.

 

Why are documents notarized?
Documents are notarized to
deter fraud and to ensure they are properly executed. An impartial witness (the
Notary) identifies signers to screen out impostors and to make sure they have
entered into agreements knowingly and willingly.

 

How does a Notary identify a signer?
Generally, the
Notary will ask to see a current identification document or card with a
photograph, physical description and signature. A driver's license, military ID
or passport will usually be acceptable.

 

Is notarization required by law?
For many documents, yes.
Certain affidavits, deeds and powers of attorney may not be legally binding
unless they are properly notarized.
With other documents, no. Private
entities and individuals may require notarization to strengthen the document and
to protect it from fraud.

 

May a Notary give legal advice or prepare legal
documents?

Absolutely not. A Notary is forbidden from preparing
legal documents or acting as a legal advisor unless he or she is also an
attorney. Violators can be prosecuted for the unauthorized practice of law, so a
Notary cannot answer your legal questions or provide advice about your
particular document.

 

Where can I report unethical or unprofessional
Notaries?

Any wrongdoing or illegal activity should be reported to
law enforcement and the appropriate Notary-regulating state official (typically
the secretary of state, governor, lieutenant governor or attorney general).

 

History

Signatures Matter

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John Hancock is primarily remembered by Americans for his large, flamboyant signature on the Declaration, so much so that "John Hancock" became an informal synonym for signature.

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Hancock's signature as it appears on the engrossed copy of the Declaration of Independence.