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What services do Notaries perform?

Notaries Public are commissioned by the Secretary of State as a public officer qualified and bonded under the laws of a particular jurisdiction for the performance of notarial acts, usually in connection with the execution of some document.

Contact the Secretary of State for more information.

Notarial Act

 

Description

 

Attestation
(Oath / Affirmation)

 

 

 

An oath is a solemn, oral promise of truthfulness to God, while an affirmation is a promise on one’s own personal honor. The oath and affirmation have the same legal effect.

 

 

 

Jurat

 

Compelling a document signer to be truthful is the main purpose of the notarial act known as a “jurat”.  The Notary’s function is to appeal to the signer’s conscience and to initiate a process that could result in a criminal conviction for perjury if the signer is found to be lying under oath. When executing a jurat, the Notary must identify the signer and watch this individual affix a signature on the document, then administer an oath or affirmation.

 

 

 

Acknowledgement

 

Acknowledgements are the most prevalent type of notarial act. The primary function of an acknowledgement is positive identification of the document’s signer– verifying that the person who signed the document is truly the person named in it. Since an acknowledgement provides strong evidence that a signature on a particular document is genuine, a variety of important documents are often required by law to undergo this type of notarization.   Instruments requiring acknowledgment generally are those relating to land, such as deeds, mortgages, leases, contracts for the sale of land, and so on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depositions

 

Certifying that the spoken words of a witness in a legal matter were accurately taken down in writing, however this act is most often done by skilled court reporters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Certified Copy

 

A certified copy is a copy which contains a statement that the certifying notary has examined the original and the copy and that the copy is a true and correct copy of the original.

 

Note: California Notaries may only certify copies of power of attorney.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notaries Public are prohibited by law from rendering legal advice of any nature during or in conjunction with a Notarial Act. If you have any questions, please consult an attorney PRIOR to contacting a Notary.