Notary public

(What’s a notary public)?

a person authorized to perform certain legal formalities, especially to draw up or certify contracts, deeds, and other documents for use in other jurisdictions .

STEPS TO GETTING YOUR DOCUMENTS NOTARIZED:

First, please contact us to make an appointment.

You can arrange to come to our office or request our mobile notary to come to you.

Our most requested services are the administrating of oaths and taking acknowledgments. An acknowledgement is a person’s sworn statement that he/she signed a document on his/her own free will.  We will verify a signer’s identity, sign the document, and apply our notary seal to it.  We use ink stamps or embossing seals (raised seals).

WHICH DOCUMENTS CAN BE NOTARIZED:

For a document to be notarized, it must contain:

 

(1) language committing the signer in some way;

(2) an original signature from the document signer;

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(3) a notarial certificate, which can appear in the document itself or in an attachment.

Undated documents can be notarized. If the document has a space for a date, it should either be filled in or marked through. If the document does not have a space for a date, the signer may date it next to his or her signature or mark.

 

A document can be notarized when the signer is hospitalized or in a care home facility. However, the notary will make every effort to ensure that the signer is not incapacitated and that the signer understands what he/she is signing.

 

Faxes and photocopies can be notarized only when the document bears an original signature.

WHICH DOCUMENTS CAN BE NOTARIZED:

A Georgia notary cannot certify a copy of a birth or death certificate. If you need a certified copy for someone who was born in the U.S., you should contact the State Office of Vital Records or the County Clerk’s office in the county where the person was born. For foreign birth certificates, you will need to contact the consulate of the country in which the person was born.

A Georgia notary public cannot prepare or file another person’s immigration papers unless he/she is an attorney or an “accredited representative” approved by the U.S. Department of Justice.  Although some clerical work may be completed by non-attorneys, the law notes that an attorney would be best equipped to prepare immigration documents.

 

Notary publics cannot notarize state or federally-issued documents.