Frequently Asked Questions
1. Does Door2DoorNotary have a physical office location?
No, we meet with our clients at a destination of their choice!
 2. Why notarize documents?
Documents are notarized to create a public record and to deter fraud. Once a document is notarized it may be recorded as a public document. A notary is an impartial public witness. Notarized documents may be used in courtroom proceedings or for other legal matters. Notaries also observe whether signers are knowingly or willingly signing documents. The signer must be in the physical presence of the notary before the notary may lawfully notarize. They may refuse if there is concern. 
3. Does notarizing a document make it legal and binding?
No. By completing an acknowledgment, the notary public does not certify the legality of the document. This acknowledgment is a notarial certificate attached to the document. The notary confirms the identity of the signer, their physical presence in front of the notary and their acknowledgment as signer. 
4. What is a Notary Loan Signing Agent?
A notary experienced in loan signings, typically an independent contractor. Real estate lenders, and title companies hire Signing Agents to deliver and obtain all signatures, intials and notarizations necessary to complete the loan process. Clients often do not realize that they may request their own Signing Agent. 
5. What is an acknowledgment? 
A notarial certificate is a signed acknowledgment in which a notary confirms the identity and physical presence of a person and the document they have presented. These may or may not include the presenter's signature. Documents that require an acknowledgement require only that the signer appear before the Notary and acknowledge they signed the document. These are the only notarized documents that may be signed ahead of time. 
6. What is a Jurat?
A Jurat is a notarial certificate attached to a document for which a person swears or affirms that the contents of the document are true and correct. It states "Subscribed and sworn to (or affirmed)." A Jurat is an oath or affirmation, and must be signed in the presence of the Notary. A notary public can not complete the jurat if the signer does not swear or affirm to the truth of the contents of the document. 
7. What if a client cannot appear personally before a Notary?
If a client is incapacitated or it is impossible for them to appear personally, a Subscribing Witness must be used. This Subscribing Witness must be someone who personally knows the signer. The Notary must identify the signer with a photo ID and obtain a Jurat in which they confirm or attest to the signer's identity and verification of witnessing the signer sign the document. They must take an oath and certify in a Jurat that they know and witnessed the signer signing the document. 
8. What kind of ID is necessary?
Clients must have one of the listed identifications from the identification list on my Home Page. Photo ID mut be current within the past five years from the date of notarization. An I.D. or a credible witness is necessary to establish the signer’s identity.
9. Are Social Security card, birth certificates, or marriage licenses acceptable forms of ID?
No. They do not meet the listed requirements for identification.
10. Can I get a Birth, Marriage, or Death Certificate certified?
A notary may not certify copies of vital records (birth, marriage or death). These must be obtained from state departments only. However a notary may give an oath or affirmation and a jurat for an affidavit that states the affiant's birthdate or age and/or includes a photograph or fingerprints. A signer may certify their own identity by swearing and/or affirming to the document containing that information. Signer must provide a certified copy of birth certificate, id card or driver's license.
11. Does the name on the document have to match the name exactly?
Not necessarily. The name on the document can not be more than the name on the ID. For example Lisa Marie Jones on the id may allow for Lisa Jones, Lisa M. Jones or LMJ but not Lisa M. Jones-Brecker or Lisa Berlitz Marie Jones.
12. Can a document to be notarized contain blanks?
No a document containing blanks cannot be notarized.  
13. Can you advise me on what type of notarization is required?
No. Most often the document states which type of notarization is required. If in doubt, one should contact the person requesting or receiving the document.  
14. How much does a copy of a Journal Entry cost? 
A member of the public may request a journal entry from a notary if they have the month, date, year and type of notarization. A charge of .30 for each. Requester may pick up or be charged for delivery. 
15. Will my notarized documents be valid in a Foreign Country?
Documents are valid in a foreign country only if accompanied by an Apostille. Official documents sent from the U.S. are valid only in countries that are members of the Hague Convention. If the country is not part of the Hague Convention, they require a legalization which is also performed by the Secretary of State.  
16. What is an Apostille?
An apostille confirms to its recipient that the individual who notarized had a valid commission. Without an apostille attached, a document sent between countries must go through a much longer authentication process by several different agencies in order to be accepted. Only an authorized authority under The Hague Convention usually the Secretary of State’s office or other Notary regulating agency is authorized to issue apostilles. Notaries for a fee may travel and take an Apostille to the Secretary of State.
17. What if there are multiple signatures on a document and only a few individuals appears?
The notary may notarize only the signature for the individuals who the notary witnesses the signature of.
18. What about notarizing a mark for individuals who cannot read or write?
When notarizing a signature made by a mark, a witness familiar with the signer must be used. The witness must write the marker's name by the mark and then sign the notary journal. The notary will make a special note.
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