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Frequently Asked Questions

Thought you'd like to know

  • What is a Notary Public?
    A Notary Public is an official of integrity appointed by state government — typically by the secretary of state — to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents.
  • What a Notary is Not?
    Unlike Notaries in foreign countries, a U.S. Notary Public is not an attorney, judge or high-ranking official. A U.S. Notary is not the same as a Notario Publico and these differences can be confusing for immigrants when they approach Notaries in this country. Notaries in the United States should be very clear about what they can or cannot do to serve immigrants the right way and steer clear of notario issues.
  • What can a Notary Public charge?
    A Notary Public cannot charge more than $6 for an original notarial act. However, additional charges may incur for remote notarial acts, copies/reproductions, certifying a copy of a record or if a notary acknowledgment section needs to be created and added.
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