Frequently Asked Questions
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What is a Notary Public? A Notary Public is a public servant appointed by the State to act as an impartial witness in taking acknowledgments, administering oaths and affirmations, and performing other acts authorized by state law. Notaries lend credibility to the authenticity of certain sensitive signed documents. A notarized document lends assurance to the public that it’s signer is the person who signed the document – and to the signer that the document they have signed will have full force and effect.
What Identification is required for notarization? Each signer must present at least one of the forms of ID listed below. The ID must be current or, if expired, have been issued within the last 5 years; contain the signer’s photograph, personal description, and signature; and bear a serial or other identifying number (Civil Code, Section 1185).
- Driver’s License of nondriver’s ID card issued by a U.S. state.
- U.S. passport (physical description not required).
- U.S. Military Identification Card that contains all required elements stated above, (The Common Access Card, CAC, is not acceptable).
- Driver’s License issued in Mexico or Canada.
- Foreign passport that has been stamped by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
- Inmate ID Issued by the California Department of Corrections.
Unacceptable forms of Identification include:
- Matricula Consular Card’
- Medicare Cards
- Student Identification
- Gym Membership Card
- Social Security Cards
- Temporary Driver’s Licenses
- Driver’s Licenses without photographs
What is a “Mobile” notary public? The “mobile” designation mean the notary does the traveling. We come to your home, office, or other location at your convenience, giving you the advantage of flexible scheduling – evenings and weekends as well as regular business hours.
What is a “Certified Notary Signing Agent”? A Certified Signing Agent has special expertise to conduct loan signings. The Signing Agent is hired as an independent contractor by a title, mortgage, or escrow office to ensure that the loan signing process is properly completed. My Mobile Notary has obtained this certification status.
Can a document be notarized when the signer does not have proper identification? A notary may rely on the oath of two credible identifying witnesses that are unknown to the notary.
Why do documents require notarization? Most importantly to deter fraud. To help protect the legal rights of the persons whose signatures are being notarized. It is the legal responsibility of the notary, serving as an impartial witness and public official, to ensure that the signers of notarized documents are indeed who they claim to be.
Can a document with blank lines be notarized? A notary public may not notarize a document that is incomplete (Government Section 8205). This if for the public’s protection from the widespread occurrence of fraud.
Is notarization required by law? For certain documents, yes. Many affidavits, real estate deeds, loan papers, powers of attorney, and other types of documents must be properly notarized to become legally binding. Oftentimes one of the simplest ways to determine whether a document requires notarization is to examine it- specifically, in the vicinity of the signature area- for notarial wording, such as “…subscribed and sworn to before me…”or”…acknowledged to…” Such wording varies from state to state (and from country to country), so use these examples only as a general guide. Also be aware that not all documents requiring notarizing contain the mandatory notarial wording; in such cases, the notary must add the necessary wording to the documents.