Notary Public and Mobile Notary
A notary is an individual who is authorized by their state to certify signatures on legal documents. They act as a neutral third party on behalf of the state to ensure that individuals’ signatures are legitimate and documents processed correctly. A notary seal does not necessarily make the documents legally binding, as non-notarized documents can be legally binding as well. However, having a notary present at the time of signing can help certify the contract and provide a witness should issues arise.
Notaries ensure that their state’s laws are upheld in authorizing legal documents. However, notaries’ work goes beyond being present at the time of signing documents. Notaries verify the identification of the individuals involved in the legal transaction, ensure that they are not being coerced and that they understand what they are signing. However, keep in mind that notaries are not lawyers so they cannot provide legal advice on the documents being signed.
Fortunately, many process servers are also notaries and are already familiar with legal paperwork. Contact your process server to see if they offer notary and other services.
What is a Mobile Notary?
A mobile notary is simply a notary who has the capability to work where their clients need. They often visit homes, workplaces, or a designated meeting spot that works for all involved parties.
When do I need a Notary?
Notaries provide a valuable resource and witness for your important or sensitive documents and contracts. If you are signing any loans, power of attorney, or property deeds, it can be worthwhile to have a notary so that the contract is upheld.
How do notaries verify the identification of involved individuals?
Government-issued identification should be provided to a notary to ensure that the people signing documents are truly who they say they are. Check with your mobile notary to see if they require one or two identification documents.
How do I verify an individual is an official notary public?
A notary should be able to provide you with information regarding their certification and provide evidence of an official seal or registration number. Some state government websites also allow you to search for certified notaries.
How much does a notary cost?
Like any business, prices can vary depending on location, the number of signatures, and the notary themselves. Contact a notary to see prices, if they are mobile, and their availability.
How do I become a Notary public?
Since notaries are an agent for the state, most states require training and testing before being certified. Contact your state government for information on becoming a notary public.
State Specific Notary Information