What Is a Notary Public?
What is a Notary Public? A responsible person appointed by state government to authenticate and screen the signing of important documents and administer oaths declaring under penalty of perjury that the information contained in a document is true and correct.
Notaries deter fraud and establish that the signer knows what document they’re signing, and that they’re a willing participant to sign without duress or intimidation. The Notary also makes sure that signers have entered into agreements knowingly and willingly in a society in which business dealings between strangers are the norm. Notaries create a trustworthy environment where people can share important documents with full confidence in their authenticity.
Notaries create a trustworthy environment where people can share important documents with full confidence in their authenticity. Impartiality is the foundation of the Notary’s public trust. A Notary never refuse to serve a person due to race, nationality, religion, politics, sexual orientation or status as a non-customer.
As official representatives of the state, Notaries Public certify the proper execution of many of the life-changing documents of private citizens — whether those diverse transactions convey real estate, grant powers of attorney, establish a prenuptial agreement, or perform the multitude of other activities that enable our civil society to function.
A U.S. Notary is not the same as a Notario Publico
Notaries in foreign countries, a U.S. Notary Public is not an attorney, judge or high-ranking official. These differences can be confusing for immigrants when they approach Notaries in this country. Notaries in the United States should be very clear about what they can or cannot do to serve immigrants the right way and steer clear of notario issues.