A notarisation is an assurance by a Notary Public that a document’s signature is authentic, that the signer acted freely, and that the signer intended the document’s provisions to be in full force and effect. The majority of notarisation requests involve the signature of papers. All signers and any needed witness(es) must be present for the notarisation in all situations. You must bring valid identification as required by your state, as well as all document pages to be notarized.
Before you make your appointment at the financial centre,
- We recommend that you do not sign or date the paper (some documents must be signed and dated in the presence of a Notary)
- Check that you have signed all of the pages of the document(s), not just the signature page.
- Ensure that all document signers have state-acceptable identification.
When you (and any other document signers or needed witnesses) come for your appointment, the Notary will analyse your document(s) to assess the notarization requirements and if we can perform the notarisation. The average visit lasts roughly 30 minutes from start to end. Consult a legal counsellor or your state’s Secretary of State’s office for further information about notary requirements in your state.
The Value of Having a Notary Witness Your Signature
When you get a document notarized, the online notary confirms your identity and that you are the person who signed the paper. As a result, the notary must witness your signature on the form. You should not sign anything until you have seen the notary. Notaries take a legal oath that they will not notarise any document until they have observed the right party signing it.
If you sign a document ahead of time by mistake, you may be required to return it with an unsigned duplicate of the paper. After seeing your signature on the copy, the remote notary will compare it to your signature on the original. The notary will notarize the original document for you if the signatures appear to match. In some circumstances, the notary will need to notarise the copy and not the original document.
There are various forms of notarisation. Here’s what happens to each of them.
- Witnessing signatures – This is the most popular method of notarisation. The notary attests to your identity and that they observed you signing the paper.
- Acknowledgement – This category includes papers that transmit asset ownership, such as property deeds, powers of attorney, and trusts. You must attend in person and affirm (acknowledge) that the existing signature on the document is yours, that you meant to sign it, and that you agree with the instrument’s conditions.
- Certification copy – The notary creates a copy of an original document and certifies that the composition is true, accurate, and complete in this sort of notification. This might be done for college diplomas or transcripts, passports, and driver’s licenses.
Public notary services involve a lot, and we have looked at everything that notary entails. In case you want to get a notary, look into this article.