What is a Notary Public?
A Notary Public is a state appointed individual who provides services to the public. The Notary verifies the signer’s identity using their approved identification and takes acknowledgment of the signer executing the document, or administers an oath and witnesses the signing of the document. The Notary Public does not give legal advice, complete documents, or verify that the documents are true or legally binding. The CA Notary Public only verifies the person’s identity.
What does a Notary Public charge?
The pricing of a Notary Publics service is at their discretion. The fees vary based on distance travelled, and number of signatures notarized. The state mandates a maximum fee per signature which all Notary Public’s abide by, however, they do not mandate what the maximum is that can be charged for other fees. The maximum fee per signature is $15 mandated by the State of California.
Why get something notarized?
Because its required by law on some documents or to have an impartial witness to the signing. Some courses of business require notarization of signatures when the signer is not present to sign at the destination the document will be going to. Say a document being sent to Washington, and the individual is in California, some businesses request notarization to feel more confident that the signer indeed did sign the document that they were mailed.
Can I notarize anything I want?
While most things are able to be notarized, somethings are not. There are some basic requirements of documents needing to be notarized. The most important is that the document must require the signature of the person who is requesting notarization. Because a Notary Public is here to verify signatures, you cannot notarize something that does not need to be signed, such as a photograph. You also cannot notarize a document that is required to be signed by someone else, or was already signed by someone else. Such as a school transcript that is signed by the school, the student cannot simply sign their name in the margin and notarize it, because they are not required to sign the document.
Why can’t I notarize a blank document?
It is required by law to be complete at the time of signing. This is both because it is required by the Notary Public, and because it is a good way to prevent fraud. If a signer signs an incomplete document, someone else can alter it in an unfavorable way that the signer did not intend to sign.
Can a Notary Public refuse to help me?
Absolutely not. If a Notary Public is presented with proper identification, documents, and a request by the member of the public, they may not refuse to provide their services unless they are unable to complete the notarization because the document is not filled out, or ID is not presented, etc. If a paying customer makes the proper request, the Notary shall provide service.
Is a Notary Public a Notario Publico?
No! The English version of Notary Public is as described above, a Notary Public in California is not the same as Notario Publico, and translation of Notary Public to Notario Public is prohibited.
How late are you open? Are you open 24/7?
We are always open, as long as we have availability we will assist you with your mobile notary needs. We are open on holidays and at all time, including now, based on the availability of the Notary Public, as we have families and spend time doing things besides working as well. Call as soon ahead of time as you can to ensure availability for appointments that unordinary hours, or on holidays. But we will always try our best to fulfill every late night, last minute, and holiday notary request.