The Commonwealth of Virginia Notary Public Handbook defines a notary as a public officer “who acts as an official, unbiased witness to the identity and signature of the person who comes before the notary for a specific purpose. The person may be taking an oath, giving oral or written testimony, or signing or acknowledging his or her signature on a legal document. In each case, the notary attests that certain formalities [as required by law] are observed.”
The code of Virginia specifies five basic notarial acts:
* Virginia notaries are not authorized to certify copies of birth, death, or marriage certificates. Only the Division of Vital Records/Statistics may perform such a certification. If you need a certified copy of this type of document, you must request it from the state in which the individual was born. As a fraud prevention measure, many states require that the request form be notarized – a Virginia notary can notarize your signature on this form. Virginia notaries are not authorized to perform marriage ceremonies.
As per Virginia law, all signers must personally appear before the notary and present government-issued photo identification. The name on the identification must match the name printed on the document. Acceptable identification documents are as follows:
A notary may refuse to notarize a signature if he or she is uncertain of an individual’s identity, or if the notary is uncomfortable with the validity of the identification documents.
A notary signing agent is a notary public that notarizes mortgage documents for borrowers who purchase or refinance their current mortgage. Notary signing agents are impartial witnesses who identify the signer, verify that all documents are signed and dated, notarize the documents, and return the executed loan package to the lender.
A mobile notary is one who travels to your home or business to provide notary services.
When you contact me with a notary request, I will meet you at your home or office or at a mutually decided place to save you the hassle of traveling to a notary public’s office. Whether it is a single page or a full set of loan documents, I will be at your doorstep — seven days a week, including holidays — to meet your notary needs. I will also travel to hospitals, retirement community centers and police departments.
Whether it is raining or the sun is shining, you can rely on me for quality and convenient notary services. Further, I assure this with a 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee. I value all my customers and strive to provide friendly and economical notary services in the Washington DC Area.
Please contact Notary Mobile Notary Service when your signature(s) on your document(s) are ready to be notarized and you have a valid form of identification ready that matches the name on the document. You can view acceptable identifications on our FAQ page. I look forward to working with you!
*Note: Nominal travel fees may apply in some cases. Travel fees will also be charged in case you are not present at the appointment without advance notice or if you do not have the appropriate forms of identification or documents ready at the time of the appointment.
DO NOT SIGN the document until you are in the presence of the notary.
Acknowledgment Certificate is OK to have been signed years ago.
COMPLETELY FILL IN ALL BLANK SPACES IN DOCUMENT BEFORE NOTARY ARRIVES
BUT DO NOT SIGN! Cannot Notarize incomplete documents!
1. If you have questions about how to complete the document, contact the person who drafted or requested the document. A Notary Public is unable to provide legal advice or assistance in the drafting and/or completion of documents.
2. Every signer must physically appear, be coherent, and present an acceptable ID at the time of notarization. IDENTIFICATION PROBLEMS- SEE BELOW
3. Original documents must be presented for all Copy Certifications.
Vital records (birth, death, and marriage) cannot be notarized.
Know which Notary Certificate you need. A notary cannot give advice on which one to use.
All identification cards must be ORIGINAL, current or issued within the last 5 years, contain a photo, physical description, signature, and serial number. The following forms of identification are acceptable:
If none of the above-mentioned Identification is available, or the name on your ID is different or shorter than what is on the document then you can use:
TWO CREDIBLE WITNESSES – that can swear to the signer’s identity. They must have proper ID, is age 18 or older, know the signer by the name on the document, is not named in the document nor have a financial interest in the transaction described in the document.
SIGNING BY “X” MARK – If unable to write signature and has Valid ID, than two “disinterested” witnesses need to be present and be witnesses on the document. One witness should write the person’s name next to the person’s mark and then the witness should sign his or her name as a witness. The witnesses are only verifying that they witnessed the individual make his or her mark on the document.
Valid Binder of Insurance
Insurance Identification Card
Declaration Page of an Insurance Policy
Application for Insurance to the Virginia Assigned Risk Plan
Please Note: I cannot call your insurance company or insurance agent to verify that you have insurance. Also, I cannot accept a copy of insurance that has been faxed to you personally!
A Notary can NOT do the following:
Acting as a bill collector — Placing a notarial seal on a past-due bill means nothing. A notary is not a collection agent.
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