A notary public is someone who witnesses the signatures being signed on documents. The notary public verifies the identity of all involved parties and makes sure everyone signing the documents is doing so knowingly and willingly. Having a document notarized helps deter fraud. It makes a document official and legal. If there was a dispute over a document, the notary public could be called to confirm they witnessed all of the signatures on a document.
Who Can Notarize Documents?
Typically, you can find a notary public at a bank or a courthouse. Each state has requirements that must be met for a person to be able to become a notary public. If you are interested in becoming a notary public, make sure you meet your state’s requirements. If you meet all of the requirements, you will then need to complete your notary application and turn it in. Once your application is approved, you will need to purchase your notary supplies.
What is the Notary Process?
The notary process requires all involved parties to be present. Part of the responsibilities of a notary public is that he or she witnesses all signatures on a document. Therefore, the document should have no signatures on it when it is brought before a notary public. The notary public will review the documents to be notarized to make sure everything is complete and that nothing is missing or has been previously signed. The notary public will verify identification from everyone involved and will keep a log record of the documents that have been notarized. On the log, everyone’s identification should be included also. If the notarized documents were ever questioned, a notary public needs to be able to refer to the log. Once everyone has signed the documents, the notary public will stamp it with the official seal. At this point, the document becomes official and legal.