As a new notary, you may get flustered when a customer approaches you about notarizing a document. It takes practice to remember what to ask, what to check, what to record and what to charge. To keep yourself on track to a smooth notarization, follow these guidelines.
To redact or not to redact, that is the question. Redacting is quite simply the process of hiding information in a document. A redacted document, such as a notarial register, has had personal information deleted or blacked out for privacy or security reasons.
As an independent contractor or sole proprietor of a notary or signing agent business, it’s important to understand self-employment (SE) tax.
An unlocked vehicle sitting in a driveway or parking lot is a tempting prize for a thief.
It’s been eight years since the federal government cracked down on Web sites that offered templates for fake drivers’ licenses.
It’s not a notary’s responsibility to act as a collection agent of unpaid or overdue bills for a company or business entity. So placing your notarial seal on a final notice doesn’t give the document any legal authority.
Notaries provide assurance to the receiver of a notarized document that the signer personally appeared, was properly identified, took an oath or gave an affirmation and signed in the presence of the notary.
The notary’s testimony to these facts, in the form of the notary’s signature and stamp, authenticates the document and helps prevent fraud.
“Can I act as both the notary and the witness?” is a question that many notaries ask PAN’s Customer Service Representatives.
Notarizing one’s own signature is prohibited, yet on some forms you can act as both the notary and the witness. How so?
When a complaint is filed against a notary, what do officials from the Department of State check first?
If you are leaving your job, don’t forget to take your notarial register with you.