What's a Notary Public?

Notaries public have played an important role throughout history. In Roman times, a notarius was a law keeper and chief archivist.

Today a notary public is an officer appointed by the Governor or Secretary of State. Commissioned notaries have different powers in different states. Commonly notaries are empowered to attest to the authenticity of a person's signature, to administer oaths, to take affidavits and to perform other legal acts. 

Notarization on a document certifies that the person named on it appeared before the notary, displayed valid identification and signed the document in the notary's presence. To become a Notary Public choose a State or proceed to map.



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