Documents often need to be notarized, and whether it is your first time or 100th time having a document notarized, the friendly staff of Mail & More is always willing to help!
What a notary does is witness that you are the person that is signing a document by verifying your identity, typically with a current Identification Card, and then watching you sign the document. If you have already signed the document by accident, please do your best to get a new form, otherwise there may be very little that we can do to help you.
Please bring in your forms to be notarized filled out, but not signed. You will sign the document in front of the notary, it is $15/per notarized signature and you must bring your ID with you.
A Notary Public is an official of integrity appointed by state government —typically by the secretary of state — to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents. These official acts are called notarizations, or notarial acts. Notaries are publicly commissioned as “ministerial” officials, meaning that they are expected to follow written rules without the exercise of significant personal discretion, as would otherwise be the case with a “judicial” official.
A Notary's duty is to screen the signers of important documents — such as property deeds, wills and powers of attorney — for their true identity, their willingness to sign without duress or intimidation, and their awareness of the contents of the document or transaction. Some notarizations also require the Notary to put the signer under an oath, declaring under penalty of perjury that the information contained in a document is true and correct.
Impartiality is the foundation of the Notary's public trust. They are duty-bound not to act in situations where they have a personal interest. The public trusts that the Notary’s screening tasks have not been corrupted by self-interest. And impartiality dictates that a Notary never refuse to serve a person due to race, nationality, religion, politics, sexual orientation or status as a non-customer.
As official representatives of the state, Notaries Public certify the proper execution of many of the life-changing documents of private citizens — whether those diverse transactions convey real estate, grant powers of attorney, establish a prenuptial agreement, or perform the multitude of other activities that enable our civil society to function.
Still curious about what a Notary Public is? Check out this pamphlet put together by the National Notary Association