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Frequently Asked Questions
A notary public is a public official appointed by a state government to help deter fraud. Notary publics witness the signing of important documents and verify the identity of the signer(s), their willingness to sign the documents, and their awareness of the contents of the document. Disclaimer: Please contact a license attorney for any legal advice or guidance.
Most documents will provide a notarial section. In the case that it has no notarial wording to direct the notary, please select one the following:
- Acknowledgement – the notary positively identifies the signer and confirms the signer made the signature willingly.
- Jurat – the notary positively identifies the signer and administer an oath/affirmation to the signer
- Certified copy- may be used to certify true copies of original documents- if state law so allows
- Witnessing – used when the signer appears before a notary with a document and sign the document in the notary presence You must tell the notary what kind of notarization you need. Please contact the agency/person that gave you the document for further questions on what type of notarization is needed.
Acceptable forms of ID include the following
- photo IDs when valid and unexpired and bearing a photographic image of the individual’s face and signature: ·
- U.S. State-Issued Driver’s License
- U.S. State-Issued Photo ID
- U.S. Passport Book
- Foreign Passport
- Alien Registration Card with Photo (Green Card / Permanent Resident Card)
- Military ID Please visit NNA for additional information on acceptable forms of Identification.
Please note that documents must be signed and witnessed in front of the notary, the signer must complete all forms except signatures and areas to be notarized.
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