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What is a notary?

According to the National Notary Association, a notary public is a public servant appointed by state government to witness the signing of important documents and administer oaths.  

What does a notary public notarize?

A notary public notarizes any document in which an originator needs to ensure the integrity of the signer.  A notary public verifies the identity of the signer, and that they are signing knowingly and willingly.  This process helps deter the fraudulent execution of documents.

How a notary verifies identity of signature?

A notary will ask a signer for a document such as a driver’s license or government-issued identification card that includes a photograph, signature and some information describing the person.

How many identification do I need?

A notary will ask for two form of identification 

What if I have an expired identification?

A notary can accept an expired identification no longer than five years of expiration

Can a notary prepare or assist in the preparation of documents?

No, a notary public can only witness the signing of the documents, not assist or prepare any documents.  To assist or prepare documents would be an unlawful practice of law. 

Can a notary prepare immigration papers?

No, a notary public can only notarize immigration documents.