What is a Notary Public?
A Notary Public (sometimes called a Notary or a Public Notary) is an individual authorized by the state or local government to officially witness signatures on legal documents, collect sworn statements and administer oaths. A notary public uses an embossing tool to verify his or her presence at the time the documents were signed. Most states issue a unique identifying number to each notary public in order to prevent fraudulent use of the embosser.
An attorney or other public figures can be granted notary public status, but no legal training is required to apply for the position. Certain legal documents are required to be “notarized” in order to be recognized in court, so a notary public spends most of his or her time observing routine signatures. Due to the fact that identities are so critical, a notary public may also spend some time verifying the names of the parties involved in the signing. Generally, all parties provide some form of official identification (Driver’s license, birth certificate, passport, etc.) in order for the notary public to feel comfortable about certifying the signatures.
A qualified notary public should have a high level of integrity and respect for the legal process. Several organizations offer courses on the legal and social aspects of becoming a notary public. Notaries can not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, creed or religion.
C.H. Edwards, Inc. has a licensed notary on staff and we offer this service to our clients Free of Charge. This is just an added benefit of choosing an Independent Insurance Agent.
Do not hesitate to come in and take advantage of the opportunity should the need arise.