Notary Home Study Course


You should note that the notary is never responsible for the accuracy of the information within the document nor does the notary ever guarantee the document’s veracity. This assumes, of course, that the notary is not aware of any fraudulent information contained within the document at the time of notarization. A notary who notarizes a document that contains information known by the notary to be false can be subject to criminal prosecution as a misdemeanor which carries the potential for incarceration and suspension or revocation of their commission. The notary may also be financially liable for any losses incurred as a result of his or her action.

If you are a new notary applicant, you undoubtedly have many questions regarding these two acts but be assured that we will cover both of these duties in great detail in Chapter 4. Our purpose now is simply providing an introduction to these terms. You will become very familiar with each of these notary acts before the end of this guide.   Remember that as a notary, at least 90% of all documents you will notarize will fall into one of these two notary acts, however, there are six more notary acts with which you still need to become familiar.

Six less common notary acts

Taking a Power of Attorney

Certifying a copy of a Power of Attorney

Taking an Advance Health Care Directive

Certifying Copies of Journal Entries

Demand Debts or Protest Non-Payment