The following 6 steps will help to ensure a smooth notarization:

  1. You will be required to personally appear before the notary. Almost every state requires the signer to personally appear before the notary during the notarization. This step is crucial as it helps to protect all parties involved from fraud and liability.
  2.  The notary is required to check over the documents being notarized. The notary will check to ensure there are no blank spaces and verify the signer’s name matches the ID provided.
  3.  The notary will verify your identity either by personal knowledge, an identifying document, or via a credible witness. Most often the notary will verify by means of a document such as a driver’s license, military ID, or passport.
  4.  The notary will record the notarization in their notary journal. This is a necessary step in the event the document being notarized is ever called into question.
  5.  The notary will complete the notarial certificate. The certificate includes the state and county where the notarization is taking place, the notary’s signature, date and the notary seal or stamp.
  6.  And finally, it’s important to remember that a notary is never allowed to give advice in regard to the documents being signed. Please refer to an attorney or other knowledgeable expert prior to your notary appointment.

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