Properly Prepare for Your Notary Appointment

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    If you need to sign a legal document, you will likely need a notary appointment. Preparing for your notary appointment can be intimidating at times, especially if the document is of high importance. Without the right preparation, you may even be turned away which makes the process feel even more stressful. Luckily, the notary process is simpler than you think! Follow these steps to learn how to prepare effectively so your appointment runs smoothly.

    Preparing for Your Notary Appointment

    Before heading into your appointment, you should know what type of notarization you need. Since notaries are not legally allowed to give advice, you must tell the notary what you expect to be done. Generally, there are three main types of notarizations that notary publics handle. The three types include acknowledgements, jurats, and copy certifications. The first type, acknowledgments, will declare that you have willingly signed the document. The second type, jurats, ensure that you swear the contents of the document are true. The third type, copy certifications, will have the notary confirm that the copy is an exact match of the original.

    Often, notaries will complete acknowledgements and jurats in tandem at your appointment. Copy certifications are not allowed in some states, so check with your notary before seeking this service. If you are unsure of the type of notarization you need, you can contact the document drafter or agency.

    What to Bring to Your Notary Appointment

    Bringing the right documents can make or break your appointment. Double checking that you have the appropriate documents ensure you don’t have to reschedule. According to National Notary Association you will need:

    • The completed document you wish to notarize
    • A valid photo ID that meets states requirements
    • Any other individuals (with proper ID) who will sign the document
    • Payment for services

    Your name on your ID must match the name on the document you are going to notarize.

    Making sure the document is complete is the most important aspect of the process. Going to your appointment with an incomplete document may expose you to potential fraud. In fact, most notaries will refuse to acknowledge your signature if the document is not completed. For more information for notary appointments can be found here.