Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions About Having Your Signature Notarized

Does the person who signs the document have to appear before the notary?

Yes.  The person signing the document and stating that the contents of the document are true and correct has to sign in the presence of the notary. The main purpose of notarization is to prove that your signature is genuine; not a forgery.


Do I need my ID to have my signature notarized?

Absolutely. Otherwise, how could you prove your identity? It is your responsibility to prove to the notary that you are who you say you are.  Notarization helps to protect you from fraud and identity theft.


Does my ID have to match my signature?

Yes.  Ladies, if you are signing your maiden name or married name, that name has to be on your identification. Gentlemen, if your ID shows a suffix on your name – Jr., the II, the III, the IV, etc., you must sign your legal documents using the suffix.  If you were born a Jr., the II, etc., then you are always a Jr., the II, etc.  Just because your dad died, it does not mean that you can drop the suffix. It is part of your legal name.


Do I have to write my statement or fill out my forms in front of the notary?

No.  It's okay to write, fill out or complete your document prior to appearing before the notary. As a matter of fact, it saves time if you complete the form before you get to the office.  However, wait to date and sign the document in the presence of the notary. 


How much does it cost to have a document notarized?

Notary fees vary depending on the type of document being notarized.  There is a fee for each time the notary uses her seal.  You will receive a discount if the notary uses her seal more than once on the same document.  The fee to notarize basic affidavits is $20.  Basic affidavits include bank forms, insurance forms, pension forms, court documents, handwritten statements, claim forms, professional license applications, lien waivers, DBE affidavits, etc.  Loan and mortgage documents are NOT basic affidavits.  When you come in, the notary will review the document and confirm the fee before any work is done.  If you need us to prepare and notarize a basic affidavit, the minimum fee is $40.  Notary fees vary depending on the type of document being prepared; for example, powers of attorney, wills, small successions and real estate transactions, all have varying fees. 


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