Notary Home Study Course

The general duties of a notary public
As suggested in the opening section of this chapter, most people associate a notary with obtaining identification for the signer or executor of a document, but there are really a number of other duties of a notary that are not as well known. We will introduce eight specific duties of a notary which are often referred to as “notary acts” and then discuss several of these duties more thoroughly in subsequent chapters. That said, it is true that 90% of all notary duties actually performed include identifying the document signers and actually, most notaries find that almost all of their notary requests are one of   two primary duties:

1) taking an acknowledgment and
2) administering a jurat.