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Having documents notarized can be a confusing event for someone who is not familiar with the Notary process.  We have listed some answers to our most frequently asked questions. 

NOTE: Notary Publics' are regulated by the Secretary of State for each individual state.  Therefore, a notary may only do notaries physically in the state in which they are licensed.

Q: Copy of Journal Entry

A: Upon written request of any member of the public, which request shall include the name of the parties, the type of document, and the month and year in which notarized, the notary shall supply a photostatic copy of the line item representing the requested transaction at a cost of not more than thirty cents ($0.30) per page.  You may pick up the copy at the notaries business address or the notary will charge for delivery of the photocopied item.

Q: Copy of Previously Notarized Document

A: The notaries do not maintain copies of documents that they notarize. Need our services?  Reserve now!

Q: What do I need to bring to the signing?

A: You will need to bring one of the following forms of approved identification:

  1. An identification card or driver’s license issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles
  2. A United States passport
  3. Other California-approved identification card, consisting of any one of the following, provided that it also contains a photograph, description of the person, signature of the person, and an identifying number:

      (a) A passport issued by a foreign government, provided that it has been stamped by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service or the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

      (b) A driver’s license issued by another state or by a Canadian or Mexican public agency authorized to issue driver’s licenses.

      (c) An identification card issued by another state.

      (d) A United States military identification card with the required photograph, description of the person, signature of the person, and an identifying number. (Some military identification cards do not contain all the required information.)

      (e) An inmate identification card issued by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, if the inmate is in custody.

      (f) An employee identification card issued by an agency or office of the State of California, or an agency or office of a city, county, or city and county in California. Need our services?  Reserve now!

Q: Hours of Operation

A: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  After hour charges begin before 8am and after 6pm M-F and all day on weekends and recognized Holidays.

Q: Does notarizing a document make it truthful and correct?

A: No. Notarizing only validates that the signer personally appeared in front of the notary and subscribed or affirmed to the truthfulness of the document.  The Notary Public has no authorization to state that a document is official, true or correct.

Q:  I don't have an acceptable ID. Can I still have a document notarized?

A:  In most cases, yes.  Please contact one of our Notaries to discuss your personal situation.

Q: The document I need notarized requires that multiple people sign but we all work different schedules.  Do we all need to be present at the same time?

A: No. All signers can appear at different times. Need our services?  Reserve now!

Q: I was sent a document from out of state.  Can this document be notarized by a California notary?

A: Yes. California notaries can notarize documents originating from other states.

Q: Can you notarize at my office, jail, hospital, etc?

A: Yes, we will travel to any location you are comfortable with.

Q: What is the difference between an acknowledgement and a jurat?

Acknowledgement:
An acknowledgement is used to verify the identity of the signer and to confirm that they signed the document.  They are not swearing to the truthfulness or validity of the document, they are simply acknowledging that they signed the document.  For an acknowledgement in the state of California, a signer is not required to sign the document in the presence of the notary public, but they are required to personally appear in front of the notary to confirm their signature.

Jurat:
A Jurat is used when the signer is swearing to the content of the document.  The notary must administer an oath or affirmation to the signer in order to complete the Jurat.  A Jurat also requires that the signer signs in the presence of the notary.

NOTE: California notaries public are not allowed to determine which type of certificate a signer uses.  It would be considered practicing law without a license.  A Notary can only ask the signer which form they prefer; if they don't know, the notary will refer them to the originator of the document for an answer.

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