How to Write a Notarized Letter

By Anna Green
A woman is notarizing a letter.
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A notarized letter is one that you sign in front of a notary public or licensed agent of the state who witnesses signatures to confirm they're authentic. You might need a letter or other document notarized for a number of reasons: To give another party authorization to act on your behalf in medical or financial matters; to dispute a bank transaction; to grant party rights to your property or to give a relative or guardian rights over your child.

Getting a Letter Notarized

Having your letter notarized means taking it to a notary and signing it in her presence. Notaries work in a number of settings, including banks, law offices, insurance companies and courthouses. Other notaries work independently and may offer mobile services, going to your office or meeting place. The notary public will ask for a copy of your driver’s license, passport or other official photo identification to confirm that you are who you say you are. She'll log the transaction and place a stamp or seal on your letter and sign it. After the notary places her stamp and signature on the document, your letter is considered notarized.

About the Author

Anna Green has been published in the "Journal of Counselor Education and Supervision" and has been featured regularly in "Counseling News and Notes," Keys Weekly newspapers, "Travel Host Magazine" and "Travel South." After earning degrees in political science and English, she attended law school, then earned her master's of science in mental health counseling. She is the founder of a nonprofit mental health group and personal coaching service.