NOTARY Q&A

All states prohibit anyone but an attorney from giving legal advice or drafting legal documents.

WHAT IS A NOTARY PUBLIC?

According to the National Notary Association, a Notary Public is a public servant who is appointed by the Secretary of State to witness the signing of important documents, administer oaths and other tasks authorized by state law. A Notary Public is an honest and responsible individual.

WHY DO I NEED TO NOTARIZE DOCUMENTS?

The notarization process makes a public record in the notarial journal and detects or deters document fraud. This process does not prove any truth to statements and does not legalize or validate a document. A public notary ensures that the person signing documents agrees to the terms of the documents or has vouched under oath or affirmation that the contents of the document were true.

CAN NOTARIZATION LEGALIZE OR VALIDATE A DOCUMENT?

No. Notarization does not make a document true or legal. Notarization ensures that the signer acknowledges to the Notary that he or she signed the document or vouched under oath or affirmation that the contents of the document were true.

ARE YOU BONDED AND HAS YOUR BACKGROUND BEEN CHECKED?

Yes, we bonded and undergo background screenings. All notaries are also required to be bonded in order to protect the public from negligent mistakes or dishonest acts performed by the notary.

WHAT TYPES OF IDENTIFICATION ARE VALID?

Mobile notaries accept a variety of documents. A current driver's license, passport, non-driver's license ID or military ID is always acceptable. Note: Only U.S. issued identifications are acceptable forms of ID.

WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT ARE ACCEPTABLE FOR YOUR SERVICES

Official Houston Mobile Notary Services accepts a variety of payments. We take credit cards, cash. All payment must be paid before the notary public's arrival. Billing can be arranged for business customers. 

CAN YOU NOTARIZE ANY DOCUMENT?

All documents that contain text committing a signer, an original signature of the signer or a notarial certificate which appears on the document or on an attachment can be notarized.

IS NOTARIZATION REQUIRED BY LAW?

Majority of the documents are required by law to be notarized. Certain affidavits, deeds, and powers of attorney cannot receive legal binding unless they are notarized. However, certain documents for private entities and individuals do not require notarization but can be notarized for protection from fraud.

CAN YOU PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE OR PREPARE LEGAL DOCUMENTS?

No, a Notary Public is forbidden to prepare legal documents or provide legal advice unless he or she is an attorney. Violators will be prosecuted for unauthorized practice of the law.

ARE SIGNINGS AVAILABLE OUTSIDE BUSINESS HOURS?

Yes, by appointment only. Please Contact Us to schedule signing. 

ARE THERE DOCUMENTS THAT A NOTARY PUBLIC CANNOT NOTARIZE?

If a document is recorded with a government agency such as a Secretary of State's office, a County Clerk or a court, certified copies should be obtained from that agency. Mobile notaries cannot notarize these documents.

WHAT IS A SIGNING AGENT?

A signing agent is a public notary who is an expert in loan closing documents. A lender, title company, or escrow service may hire a signing agent to handle getting documents delivered, signed, or processed efficiently and on time.

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