Five Things You Need to Know when Meeting with a Notary Public

Oct 23, 2015
Step 1: Personal Appearance
If you need to sign a document that requires notarisation, the chances are you will need to appear personally before the notary public. This helps protect anyone relying on the notarisation and you against potential fraud and liability.

Step 2: Verify Your Identity
It is an essential duty of every notary to identify the person signing a document or a person presenting facts or documents. You will need to provide photographic evidence of your identity and up to date written evidence of your residential address.

Step 3: Be Compos Mentis and Act Independently
Your Notary will need to be sure that you are able to think clearly, that you are in control of and responsible for your actions and that you are acting of your own free will. If the Notary has any doubts, they may refuse to perform the notarisation.

Step 4: Recording the Notarisation 
Notaries maintain a record of all notarisations. This means they will retain information about you and that they are subject to the Data Protection Act 1998.

Step 5: The Notarial Certificate
Your Notary will prepare a certificate appropriate to your instructions. They will sign and affix their seal on the certificate properly and may bind the documents with ribbons as a legally formal way to secure the documents.

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