FAQs

What is a Notary Public?

A Notary Public is a public official commissioned to serve the public as a neutral witness. A notary performs notarial acts that are allowed or required by law. Notaries public in Pennsylvania perform acknowledgments, certifications and verifications for hundreds of thousands of important documents each year.

What is a Notary Signing Agent?

A Notary Signing Agent also known as NSA who has specialized training to handled loan document signings. Title companies and signing services hire NSA’s to deliver loan documents to borrowers while overseeing the signing and return the documents.

What is a notarized document?

When a Notary Public notarizes a document it essentially legitimizes a signature. Notaries are not required to read or evaluate documents and they may not provide advice. A Notary simply verifies who signed the document and when.

Why are documents notarized?

Documents are notarized to ensure proper execution and to deter fraud.

Can a Notary notarize handwritten or personally drafted documents?

Absolutely, however notary certificate wording should be included in your document to ensure that is properly notarized. If proper wording is not included a loose certificate can be attached. The client must advise which certificate is to be attached. The notary cannot and will not choose. Choices include an acknowledgement, which proves you signed the document or a Jurat in which, the signer swears/affirms what they signed is true.

What types of ID’s is Acceptable?

A Notary may accept current and valid documents from the list below as satisfactory evidence of a document signer’s identity

U.S. passport or passport card

Foreign passport

Two credible witness’s

Driver’s license or non-driver ID card issued by a U.S. state

Driver’s license or non-driver ID card issued by Canada or Mexico other form of government identification providing it is current and contains a signature of photograph