Certified Notary Public Service in San Diego, CA on Miramar Road – REPLICA
At Replica we offer notary services for Leases, Contracts, Affidavits, and Certificate Signing.
Please call 5 minutes prior to coming in to confirm the Notary Public is available.
COMMON NOTARY QUESTIONS
What Is A Notary Public?
A responsible person appointed by state government to witness the signing of important documents and administer oaths.
How Much Does It Cost To Get A Notarization?
$15 per signature —
Why Are Documents Notarized?
To Deter Fraud! An impartial witness (the Notary) ensures that the signers of documents are who they say they are and not impostors. The Notary makes sure that signers have entered into agreements knowingly and willingly. In a society in which business dealings between strangers are the norm rather than the exception, Notaries create a trustworthy environment where strangers are able to share documents with full confidence in their authenticity.
Does Notarization Mean That A Document Is “TRUE” or “LEGAL”?
No! Notaries are not responsible for the accuracy or legality of documents they notarize. Notaries certify the identity of signers. The signers are responsible for the content of the documents.
What Are Acceptable Forms Identification?
Acceptable Forms of Identification for Notary Services are:
- State-issued driver’s license
- State-issued identification card
- U.S. passport issued by the U.S. Department of State
- U.S. military ID
- State, county and local government IDs
- Permanent resident card, or “green card,” issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
- Foreign passport*
- A Canadian or Mexican driver’s license issued by an appropriate public agency*
*Only in some states.
All of the identification documents listed above must be current or issued within the past Five (5) Years in order to be accepted by California Notaries. For additional information, please see the “Identification” section of the state’s official 2017 Notary Public Handbook. Although these are commonly accepted forms of ID, your state may have different requirements. Be sure to familiarize yourself with and follow your state’s laws addressing acceptable signer identification.
California Does Not Allow A Signer To Be Identified Through Personal Knowledge. Even if a Notary is personally acquainted with a signer, state law prohibits using personal knowledge to identify document signers. Every signer must be identified through one of the identification documents or other methods listed in California Code 1185[b]:
How is a signer identified?
Generally, the Notary will ask to see a current identification document that has a photograph, issuing authority, physical description and a signature. A driver’s license, military ID or passport will usually be acceptable.
Can Any Document Be Notarized?
No! For a document to be notarized, it must contain:
1) text committing the signer in some way
2) an original signature (not a photocopy) of the document signer
3) a notarial “certificate” which may appear on the document itself or on an attachment. The Notary fills in the certificate, signs it, then applies his or her seal to complete the notarization.
May a Notary give legal advice or draft legal documents?
Absolutely not! A Notary is forbidden from preparing legal documents for others or acting as a legal advisor unless he or she is also an attorney. Violators can be fined or jailed for the unauthorized practice of law.
Is notarization required by law?
For many documents, yes! Certain affidavits, real estate deeds and other documents may not be legally binding unless they are properly notarized.
Can A Notary Prepare Or Offer Advice On Immigration Forms?
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations state that no one may help prepare or file another person’s immigration papers unless he or she is an attorney or a U.S. Justice Department-approved “accredited representative.” Non-attorneys may provide clerical, secretarial or translating assistance with USCIS forms, as long as no advice or interpretation is given. Courts have held that even a non-attorney’s selection of which legal forms to complete can constitute the unauthorized practice of law.
Where Can I Get More Information?
You can get more information at the:
- NNA – National Notary Association: www.nationalnotary.org
- California Secretary of State: www.sos.ca.gov/notary