How to Notarize a Document

By Tiffany Raiford
Some documents require the signature of a notary public.

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For legal purposes, many people need a document notarized. Notaries public are individuals trained to witness the signing of documents and provide their signature for legal reasons. Typical forms requiring the services of a notary public include loan paperwork, powers of attorney and real estate deeds. The purpose of obtaining a notary signature is to prevent fraud. Notaries are trained and assigned by state governments to ensure the signature on any notarized document is provided by the correct person or persons, which is why notaries are required on certain paperwork.

Locate a notary public in your area. Banks, tax offices, law offices and government offices employ notary publics. Call or visit one of these offices in your city and ask to have a notary witness your signature. The American Society of Notaries offers a notary search page on its website to assist in finding a local notary public.

Present the notary with your photo identification before signing your document. You must sign the document in the presence of your notary public or the notary will not notarize your document. Wait while your notary signs your document and uses a notary seal to stamp the document.

Pay the fee for your notary's service. The fee for notary services differs for each notary, but it is usually no more than a few dollars.

About the Author

Tiffany Raiford has several years of experience writing freelance. Her writing focuses primarily on articles relating to parenting, pregnancy and travel. Raiford is a graduate of Saint Petersburg College in Florida.

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