So, what is a Notary Public?
The office of the Notary Public is critical to everyday business and personal transactions. For example, state laws require many documents to be notarized before recording with a County Clerk office. Quite often, state agencies or private companies require a signature on a document to be notarized prior to moving forward with transactions or document requests. There are literally hundreds of types of documents in every state and even most countries that require the process of notarization.
A Notary Public is a public servant whose office exists in large part as a measure to help protect the public from fraud and whose notary actions during the notary process guarantee that certain minimum required standards have been met. What are these minimum required standards?
A NOTARY PUBLIC is someone commissioned by the state whose primary duties include certifying that:
- The signer(s) personally appeared before the notary at the time of notarization.
- The signer(s) were properly identified at the time of notarization.
- That if the document required the signer to swear to the truthfulness of the statements within the document, that the signer did so in front of the notary.