Illinois residents are appointed by the Secretary of State for a term of four years.  Out-of-state residents are appointed for a term of one year. The purpose of notarization is the prevent fraud and forgery.  The Illinois Notary Public acts as an official  and unbiased witness to the identity of a person who comes before the notary for a specific purpose. 

 If a document requires the administration of an oath, the person must personally appear before the notary, be administered the appropriate oath and sign the document in the notary's presence. 

If the document requires an acknowledgement, the person must appear before the notary and acknowledge the document.

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