Forms of ID for Notary & four items to bring to a Notary Signing
Having the right forms of ID for Notary signings is critical for any document that needs to be notarized.
When you need a document signed and you’ve found a Notary that can help you complete your signing transaction, there are a few things to note before your scheduled appointment. Before your meeting, your Notary will inform you on what to bring to the signing, but it’s a good idea to have a checklist so that you don’t miss anything.
What you need to bring with you to a notary signing:
1. Proof of Identification
To verify your identity, you will need to present a valid piece of identification to the Notary. Valid ID could include your driver’s license, passport, state-issued ID card, or citizenship card. If you’re unsure if the ID you have is acceptable, reach out to your Notary before your appointment for confirmation. Remember that all acceptable forms of ID must include a picture.
2. Document to be Signed
This is a pretty important one. Don’t forget to bring the document you are having notarized. Ask the Notary if there are any other documents required that might support the signing. It’s better to be prepared than risk having the process nullified.
3. Accepted Method of Payment
Ask the Notary what payment method they prefer, and make sure you have it ready ahead of time. If you’re prepared, the transaction will run smoothly, and you’ll be in and out in no time.
4. A Witness (if required)
For some documents, a Notary isn’t sufficient as the only witness, and you might need to provide one yourself. Check your state laws for the requirements of a witness and make sure they’re available to come with you to the signing. If you’re unsure if an additional witness is required, ask the Notary ahead of time. A Notary cannot notarize a signature unless the signer is present, so to avoid any delays or rescheduling, check ahead of time.
It’s always a good idea to be well prepared for the notarizing of a document. Your Notary has the answers and will tell you precisely what is required. If you find that you have a lot of documents that need to be notarized, getting familiar with the process will save you time and money.
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