What is a Notary?
A Notary is an official of integrity appointed by the state government, typically by the secretary of state. They serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents.
May a Notary give legal advice or draft legal documents?
-- No. A Notary is prohibited from preparing legal documents or acting as a legal advisor unless they’re also an attorney. Violators can be prosecuted for the unauthorized practice of law
A Notary Signing Agent is a Notary who has special training to handle real estate and estate planning signings. Title companies and signing services hire NSAs to deliver loan documents to borrowers and oversee the signing and return of the documents.
What is a RON “Remote Online Notary”: Remote Online Notarization is the notarization of a signature using an approved platform that allows the Notary and the signer to appear before each other at the time of the notarization using secure audio-visual technology over the internet. The signer will need to pass ID verification methods to complete the session.
Is Remote Online Notarization (RON) done in all states? No
Please check with your state's commissioning authority to see if you are allowed to perform remote online notarizations.
Types of Documents Notarized
Power of Attorney, Title Bill of Sales, Marriage License, Wills & Living Trust, Acknowledgement, School Documents, Divorce Decree, Bank Forms, Medical Directive, Affidavits, Certified Copies, Travel Consents, Custody/Guardianship Agreements, Auto Titles, and much more…
a United States Passport
a state-issued driver’s license
a certificate of United States citizenship
a certificate of naturalization
a foreign passport
an alien registration card with a photograph
a United States Passport Card
state-issued identification card
a United States military card
The oath or affirmation of one credible witness unaffected by the document or transaction who is personally known to the notary and who personally knows the individual or of two credible witnesses unaffected by the document or transaction who each personally knows the individual and shows to the notary documentary identification.
Every signer must show valid (not expired) photo identification. All identification must contain a photo, a physical description, a signature, and a serial number.
Checking and verifying the signer’s identity is a critical step in performing a notarial service. Some people may view it as a nuisance, but it’s performed to safeguard against fraud. So, the next time you need a document notarized, remember to bring one of the accepted forms of identification mentioned above.
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