“The primary duty of a notary public is to show a disinterested party (the notary public) has admonished the signer of an instrument as to the importance of such document, and the signer of such document has declared that his/her identity, his/her signature and his/her reasons for signing such instrument are genuine. The signature and seal of a notary public do not prove these facts conclusively, but do provide prima facie proof of the, and allow persons in trade and commerce to rely upon the truth and veracity of the notary public as a third party who has no personal interest in the transaction.” Source: https://www.sos.state.fl.us/statdoc/edinfo.shtml#Introduction
Yes. I have statewide jurisdiction and may perform notarial acts in any county in the state of Florida. I have passed the required background checks.
Yes. As required by the Secretary of State, I have a $25,000 surety bond.
Please do not sign documents prior to meeting with a notary. Also, proper identification of the signer is required. Acceptable identification must be issued by a federal or state government agency and contain a photograph and signature. Examples: State Driver’s License, State I.D. card, US Military I.D., current US Passport, or an Alien Registration Card. More information can be found here: https://www.nationalnotary.org/resources-for/public/how-to-prepare-for-notarization.
Yes. Appointment Only
No. A notary public who is not an attorney should only complete a notarial certificate which is already on the document, or type or attach a certificate of the maker’s choosing. If a notary public were presented with a document that did not contain a certificate and decided which certificate to attach, that notary public would be “practicing law.” Instead, the notary may allow the person for whom the notarization is performed to choose among the sample certificates provided to the notary with the notary’s commission.
No, I am not a licensed attorney and cannot provide legal advice, so I cannot advise you on which certificate to use. However, here is a list of common certificates to choose from: Sample forms are also available from the Florida Secretary of State here: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/forms/edinfo-sample-forms.pdf
You must make a written request to the Secretary of State or go in person to their office:
No. Birth certificates and marriage licenses are publicly recordable documents. Recordable documents are recorded with some specific governmental entity, such as the secretary of state’s office, a court of law, a county clerk, or the Bureau of Vital Statistics. A certified copy of a recordable document may be obtained by contacting the recording entity. A notary cannot make certified copies of recordable documents. A notary may, however, make a certified copy of a non-recordable document. A non-recordable document is one that cannot be recorded with any type of governmental entity. For instance, a letter is not recorded with anyone, but there are times the sender of the letter would like to maintain a certified copy of that letter for his or her file.
No. The person for whom a notarization is performed must personally appear before the notary public at the time the notarization is performed.
Visit the Secretary of State’s website for information on filing a complaint: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/faqs2300.shtml#npc30
REQUIRED BY FLORIDA STATE LAW
UNLESS A NOTARY PUBLIC IS AN ATTORNEY LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW IN FLORIDA, A NOTARY PUBLIC MAY NOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICE OR ACCEPT FEES FOR LEGAL ADVICE.