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Steps To Getting Your Documents Notarized:
First, please contact us to set up an appointment. You can arrange to come to our office or request our mobile notary service to come to you.
Proper notarization requirements include the following:
>Identification–a notary must identify the signer through personal knowledge or satisfactory evidence.
>Complete document–a signer must present the notary with a compete document, not just the signature page.
the same day as the notarizion or earlier, but never later.
>Notarial certificate–the presence of a notarial certificate on the document is required.
>Executed notarial certificate–the notary completes a notarial certificate with certain information.
Satisfactory evidence of a person’s identity is presented in the form of an official document that states the identity of the person holding the card. Common examples are:
>A foreign passport stamped by the US Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services
>A US Passport
territory of the US, another state, Canada or Mexico
>A Permanent Resident or “green card”
>A military card
If you do not have these forms of ID, other acceptable IDs must have these 4 elements:
>It has a number assigned by that agency.
>It has the signature of the holder.
Social security cards, birth certificates, check cashing cards, credit cards, immigration cards, are not suitable for identification. If a signer does not have a photo ID, then he/she will need 2 people present who will swear to his/her identity in order to be certified. The oaths of the affirming witnesses are satisfactory evidence for certification.
Which Documents Can Be Notarized
Undated documents can be notarized. If the document has a space for a date, it should either be filled in or marked through. If the document does not have a space for a date, the signer may date it next to his or her signature or mark.
A document can be notarized when the signer is hospitalized or in a care home facility. However, the notary must make every effort to ensure that the signer is not incapacitated and that the signer understands what he/she is signing.
Faxes and photocopies can be notarized only when the document bears an original signature.
What Documents Cannot Be Notarized
A Georgia notary public cannot prepare or file another person’s immigration papers unless he/she is an attorney or an “accredited representative” approved by the U.S. Department of Justice. Although some clerical work may be completed by non-attorneys, the law notes that an attorney would be best equipped to prepare immigration documents.
Notary publics cannot notarize state or federally-issued documents.