What is a Notary Public?
A Notary Public is an individual issued an appointment by the Governor or Secretary of State to serve the public as an impartial witness, performing fraud-deterring notarial acts as are allowed or required by law.
As a Notary Public of the State of Florida we are appointed by the Governor of Florida, commissioned by the State of Florida, and bonded as required by Florida law.
What is a notarization?
A “notarization,” also known as a “notarial act,” means any act that a Notary Public is authorized to perform, and includes taking an acknowledgement, administering an oath or affirmation, taking a verification upon oath or affirmation, witnessing or attesting a signature, and certifying or attesting a copy of an instrument.
Do you have an office i can schedule an appointment at?
We are a fully mobile Notary Public service and do not maintain a physical office for appointments. Appointments are generally scheduled where you are available (your home, office, etc) or at public places such as local coffee shops. Appointment location is set at the time the appointment is scheduled and determines any travel fees.
Can you notarize a signature without the signer present?
No. While some states; such as California, do allow signatures by subscribing witness, Florida does not.
Does the notary have to sign the certificate when notarizing a signature?
When notarizing a signature we are required by law to date, sign, and affix our seal to a notarial certificate. See §§ 117.05(3)(a) and (4), Fla. Stat. In some instances we can emboss a seal in addition to stamp but an embosser can never be used in place of my commission stamp.
What are Acknowledgements and Jurats?
The purpose of an acknowledgment is to ensure that the signer of a document is who they claim to be and has voluntarily signed the document. Acknowledgments often are needed for documents concerning valuable assets, such as deeds, mortgages and deeds of trust.
To perform an acknowledgment, the signer must personally appear before me, the Notary Public, at the time of notarization to be positively identified and to declare — or “acknowledge” — that the signature on the document is their own and that they signed willingly.
The purpose of a jurat is for a signer to swear or affirm that the contents of a document are true. Depending on the jurisdiction, it also can be known as an affidavit or a verification on oath or affirmation.
For a jurat, the signer must personally appear before me, the Notary Public, and sign the document in my presence. I must then administer an oath or affirmation and have the signer speak aloud his or her promise that the statements in the document are true. The choice between an oath or affirmation should be made by the signer.
Administering the oath or affirmation is a vital part of performing a jurat or verification because the signer is affirming that the contents of the document are true, and he or she maybe prosecuted for perjury if the contents are not true.
What is an Oath or Affirmation?
In some cases, a client may simply need to give an oath or affirmation orally, rather than as part of a jurat, affidavit or other written document. The purpose of administering a verbal oath or affirmation is, again, to compel a client to truthfulness.
An oath is a solemn pledge to a Supreme Being. An affirmation is a solemn pledge on the individual’s personal honor. Again, the choice should be made by the signer.
Are there any documents that can not be notarized as certified copies?
The State of Florida does not allow a Notary Public to notarize as a certified copy any publicly recorded documents such as vital, public documents, including birth, death or marriage certificates.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Payments can be made via cash, check with valid ID, or Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover via Square Point-of-Sale. A booking deposit must be paid via email/text invoice in advance to secure your appointment and is non-refundable.