Both the Notary and you, the Signer, are required to follow certain rules when notarizing a document!
YOUR PERSONAL APPEARANCE in front of the Notary. If the Signer does not personally appear before the Notary, how
would the Notary verify the your identity and signature on the document,
have you sign and and give a thumbprint in the Notary's
journal and give your oath-affirmation or acknowledge your signature before the Notary. This rule is NOT an option!
The SECOND Rule is that You and the
Notary must DIRECTLY COMMUNICATE with each other. In other words an
interpreter can not be used. How could the Notary give an oath or have the signer acknowledge their signature or verify that the Signer knows and understands what they are signing. The document can be in a
foreign language as long as you, the Signer, and the Notary directly
communicate in the same language.This rule is NOT an option!
The THIRD Rule is that You must POSITIVELY IDENTIFY yourself to the Notary by state-approved means of "Satisfactory Evidence". Positive
identification is one of the MOST important &
MAJOR responsibilities of a Notary - especially in the era of identify
theft. If the Signer can not prove
their identity by "Satisfactory Evidence" to the Notary, then the Notary MUST REFUSE to
notarize their document. Notaries
can no longer rely on personal knowledge! Even
if you have known the Notary since childhood, you are still required to
PROVE your identity to the Notary by state-approved means. This rule is NOT an option!
The FORTH Rule is that the Notary CANNOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICEconcerning the
document or any other matter. This rule is NOT an option!
FIFTH Rule is that you must have a COMPLETED DOCUMENT before it can be
notarized - in other words - no obvious blanks.The notary is required to scan the entire document to make sure that there aren't obvious blanks that need to be filled in and to gather information for the Notary's journal. The Notary
is prevented and can not give any advice on how to fill out your
document or any other legal advice. If
there are any questions concerning any blanks in the document, you, the
Signer, must contact the person, company or agency that sent you the document or who will be receiving
the document after it is notarized for information on how to complete the document before it is notarized. This rule is NOT an option!
The SIXTH Rule is that if the document does not have "PROPER NOTARIAL WORDING" then the Signer
tell the Notary what type of notarization to complete on the document. You might be
required to take and Oath/Affirmation before the
notary verifying the truth of the information in your document or to Acknowledge that you signed the document in your claimed authorized capacity - whatever that might be. There are different kinds of notarial acts, but there are two most common types of notarizations that the Notary can perform : Acknowledgementsor Jurats.This rule is NOT an option!
The SEVENTH Rule is that you SIGN YOUR DOCUMENT and the NOTARY'S JOURNAL and place a THUMBPRINT in the journal. This rule is NOT an option!