How To Properly Get Your Documents Notarized:
you set out to see a Notary, please consider the following:
In order to have a document notarized,
the person whose signature is to be
notarized must be present in front of the notary public with
proper signature identification.
signature-identification must bear the person's picture and must be
state or government issued: Dept. of Motor Vehicle I.D., Permit,
Driver's License, Passport, etc.
The document to be notarized
must be completely filled out. Any
intentionally blank spaces must be filled in with XXXXX.
you make an error or a typo
and need to change the information or
scratch-it-out, be sure to do so before the document is notarized.
Never use whiteout!
All scratch-outs and any all changes must be made by putting a straight
line through the text being scratched-out, keeping the text you
are scratching-out as legible as possible.
Any scratch-outs or corrections must be
initialed by the person making the changes and by the notary public,
prior to the notarization and never after. Altering a document
after it has been notarized may be considered forging an official
document, and may subject you to criminal charges.
Where the document being notarized is a statement, said
statement made by the
person signing the document may be notarized.
Finally, and most important:
Never sign the document before you get to
The sole purpose of a notary public is to
ensure that you are who you say you are, and that you are the person who
is signing the document in front of the notary.
Please note that expecting a notary public to notarize a document that
has been signed beforehand, by you or someone else, is a serious crime
and is grounds for criminal prosecution.
PLEASE NOTE: I AM NOT AN ATTORNEY AND CANNOT PREPARE LEGAL DOCUMENTS OR GIVE LEGAL ADVICE.