A notary public is an individual authorized by the state to authenticate legal documents. A notary’s stamp and seal indicate that a given document is valid. People need notarized documents for numerous reasons, including applying for a passport, completing a real estate transaction or giving instructions about medical care. Examples of documents that might need to be notarized include wills, title deeds and financial statements. Each document to be notarized must be signed in the presence of the notary. Some notaries charge fees for their services, but free notary services are available in just about every community.
Banks and Credit Unions
One of the easiest ways to get free notary service is at a local bank or credit union where you have an account. If your bank offers free notary services, you can have documents notarized during regular banking hours without a special appointment. Larger banks typically have a special customer service desk for notary services. At small banks and credit unions however, you may have documents notarized at a teller window along with your other banking services.
Free notary service may be as close as one of the branches of your local public library. To take advantage of the library notary service, be sure to make note of the library service hours. Since the notary probably works as a full or part-time library staff member, you may need to find out if your library has special notary hours, or make an appointment for service.
Campus Legal Services
If you are a student at a university, you might be able to get free notary service at a legal services department. Inquire ahead to find out if your campus legal services office has a notary and if there are specific times that the service is offered.
If you reside in a senior community, you might have access to free notary services through local volunteer notaries. Check with your community events organizer to make sure you don’t miss the scheduled notary event.