Tips to for Notarizations

Before Scheduling

Please read this page completely before scheduling an appointment.  The Notary Public laws require notaries to take special precautions before notarizing documents.

  • The document or form requiring notarization must be filled out, without signature. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN DOCUMENT, NOTARY MUST WITNESS SIGNATURE.
    *We do provide some forms (at cost), however as noted we are not attorneys, we will only recommend what has worked for past clients
  • All signer(s) must be present at the time of the appointment,
  • All signer(s) must provide an original photo I.D., non-expired, See Acceptable Forms of I.D.
  • The signer(s) must be sound mind, alert, and mentally competent.
  • The signer must want to sign the document being notarized.

The Notary Public must refuse notarization if, 

  • The signer is not physically present at the time of appointment,
  • The document is incomplete or blank;
  • The signer has been adjudicated mentally incapacitated and has not been restored to capacity as a matter of record;
  • The signer cannot produce acceptable identification; and/or the signer cannot produce two Credible Witnesses to identify the signer;
  • The signer appears to be drunk, sedated, or disoriented; or
  • The notary knows or suspects that the transaction is illegal, false, or deceptive.
  • The signer does not speak English and there is no one available to translate the document into a language the signer understands.
  • The notary believes that the signer is being coerced or does not understand the consequences of signing the document.
  • The signer or witnesses do not agree to signing the document