A notary public can work for various organizations. Notaries public can be found at banks, government institutions, corporations, or small businesses. They are officials of integrity that are appointed by state governments. They serve the public as impartial witnesses in the signing of various important documents.
They must be honest and bondable. They must be able to keep confidentiality. Notaries public must work independently. They are expected to use their best judgment to deter fraudulent acts and to follow states’ laws. A notary public must refuse to notarize documents if he or she suspects that a signer does not understand what he or she is signing or that he or she is being coerced by other parties. They must make sure that signers are of sound mind. By being vigilant, a notary public is serving and protecting the general public. A notary public may also verify that signers have sworn to an oath regarding the affirmation of truth contained in a document that he or she is signing. A notary public must check the signers’ identity. Notaries public will place their notary seal on the documents after they are signed by relevant parties. A notary public must keep a notary’s journal that will have the name and date that the signer has appeared before the notary public to sign the documents. In many states, notaries public are required to get signer’s thumbprints.
To become a notary public, one must pass exams given by the state where they are going to operate. Interpersonal skills are required, since notaries public must work with diverse people.
Notary Public Tasks
Witness and verify signatures.
Preside over verbal verification, affirmations and oaths.