FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Role of a Notary Public?
The primary function of a notary is to verify that the person who signed the document is, in fact, the person named in it.
Note: Notaries are not responsible for the content of document.

Can a Notary Help with Your Documents?
It is illegal for a Notary to act in the capacity of an attorney to explain words or phrases in a document, or to give you any advice about how to proceed. Notaries who offer such assistance can be fined or imprisoned for the unauthorized practice of law.

Do I Need to Be Present To Sign?
It depends, when obtaining a notarization on an Affidavit the signer has to personally appear and sign the document before a Notary. However in the case of an Acknowledgment the signer does not have to sign in front of the Notary but required to make a personal appearance and give satisfactory evidence of your identity.

Can I sign The Documents Before Time?
It depends, when obtaining a notarization on an Affidavit the signer has to personally appear and sign the document before a Notary. However in the case of an Acknowledgment the signer does not have to sign in front of the Notary but required to make a personal appearance and give satisfactory evidence of your identity.

What If The Signer Cannot Sign His/Her Name?
Signature by Mark - A person who cannot sign his or her name because of illiteracy or disability may instead use a mark as a signature, as long as there are two impartial witnesses to the marking of the mark (in addition to the Notary)

Can A Notary Public Notarize A Birth Certificate?
A Notary is not authorized to notarized or certify a copy of a birth certificate. Only a custodian of vital records can properly certify an original or copy of a certificate.

Can A Notary Public Notarize Patents or Copyrights?
Notarizing your Patents or Copyrights will not protect or prove you are the originator of that idea. You should contact a local patent attorney or the Patent and Trademark Office of the Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 20231