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