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.
Notarization is to attest, in one’s capacity as a Notary Public, to the authentication of a signature and to assure the signature is not forged.
(1) Identification: The signer(s) MUST be present at the time of signing and notarizing the document. (2) The signer(s) must provide valid Identification to prove their identity.
State Driver’s License or State issued ID Card , Passport or Military ID Card .
In most cases, $10.00 Per Notarized signature, plus Travel Fee. *See “Services” for signing and travel fees. I also offer a 30% discount on my Travel Fee for Senior Citizens, First Responders and Active Military. Veterans are ALWAYS FREE!
Acknowledgement and jurat certificates are the two most common notarial acts, yet there is confusion about the difference between these forms for many signers.
A jurat is used when the signer is swearing to the content of the document. The Notary must administer an oath or affirmation to the signer in order to complete the jurat. A jurat also requires that the signer signs in the presence of the notary. It is possible to glean this information from the jurat certificate itself. The wording states “Subscribed and sworn to before me…” – subscribed meaning “signed” and sworn meaning that an oral oath or affirmation was given. “Before me” means that both were done in the presence of the notary public.
An acknowledgement is used to verify the identity of the signer and to confirm that they signed the document. They are not swearing to the truthfulness or validity of the document, they are simply acknowledging that they signed the document. For an acknowledgement in the state of California, a signer is not required to sign the document in the presence of the notary public, but they are required to personally appear in front of the notary to confirm their signature.
California Notaries are not allowed to determine which type of certificate a signer uses. To do so would be considered practicing law without a license. A Notary can only ask the signer which form they prefer; if they don’t know, the notary will refer them to the originator of the document for an answer. Please seek assistance from your Legal Counsel or a qualified Attorney.
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A power of attorney is a legal document that permits you to appoint someone you trust , to act in your behalf in handling important matters. I do not provide blank POA documents, as I am not an Attorney.
*There are two types of Power of Attorney. Please consult your Legal Counsel to determine which type you need, or click HERE for more information.
A Notary Public may refuse to perform a Notarization if he or she cannot be certain of a prospective signer’s identity, willingness or understanding of what is happening at that moment. In addition, a Notary may not Notarize a document in which he or she has a personal financial interest.
State laws may vary, but in California a Notary Public may only certify a copy of a Power of Attorney and no other document. For Vital Record documents;such as, birth certificates and marriage certificates, the requester should visit the local government agency that holds these documents, such as a local County Clerk.
No. Notarizing a document only validates that the signer personally appeared in front of the Notary and subscribed or affirmed to the truthfulness of the document. The Notary Public has no authorization to state that a document is official, true or correct.
In most cases, yes. If none of the types of Identification listed are available, or it would be excessively difficult for the document signer to obtain them, two additional persons who do have acceptable identification may be present who will swear to the signer’s identity. The two individuals have to be over the age of 18, have valid identification ready for inspection and recording in the notaries journal. They will also need to be present at the time of witnessing and sign the Notaries Journal and must swear or affirm, under penalty of perjury, that they know the signer.
No, all signers can appear at different times. Note: Standard travel fees will apply.
In most cases yes. Wherever you are at the time of Notarization will be listed on the Notary Certificate as the “venue.” The venue determines the specific state laws that are to be followed when Notarizing a document. Every Notary Public is bound by the laws of the state in which they are commissioned.
Usually, the Notary process only takes a few minutes.
Yes. We can travel to most any location you are comfortable with.
Yes, all Notaries in California are required to submit to a background screening administered by the Department of Justice and the FBI. I am bonded and insured.
Disclaimer: I am not an Attorney, I am a Notary Public. I am not licensed to practice law in the State of California or any other State, and may not, under any circumstance, give legal advice or accept fees for legal advice or legal services. I am background screened by the State of California and the Department of Justice. You can trust me with your important documents. I hold a membership with the National Notary Association, and keep my notarial education updated with new laws. I am Commissioned by The California Secretary of State.
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