Frequently Asked Questions

What is a notary public?

A notary is a verifier, an authenticator, an impartial agent for the state, a public recorder of acts, and an unbiased, official witness

Acceptable ID's

  1. Must have a valid government issued ID or a Passport stamped by US Customs.

  2. There is reasonable reliance on any one of the following forms of identification, provided
    that it also contains a photograph, description of the person, signature of the person, and an
    identifying number

    1. A valid consular identification document issued by a consulate from the applicant’s country
      of citizenship, or a valid passport from the applicant’s country of citizenship;

    2. A driver’s license issued by another state or by a Canadian or Mexican public agency
      authorized to issue driver’s licenses;

    3. An identification card issued by another state;

    4. A United States military identification card (caution: current military identification cards
      might not contain all the required information);

    5. An employee identification card issued by an agency or office of the State of California,
      or an agency or office of a city, county, or city and county in California.

    6. An identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government.

(Two credible witnesses can be used if signer’s ID is expired)

What type of payments do you accept?

We accept Zelle, cards, and cash.

I am a Notary Public & I may NOT advise and cannot give you direction on how to prepare your documents.

If you need legal advice, please contact an attorney.

What is a Document of Custodian

  • Birth Certificates

  • SSN ( Social Security Cards)

  • Credit Cards

  • Student ID

  • Library Cards

  • Temporary Driver License

  • ID’s that do NOT match the name in your document.

The purpose of an acknowledgement is for the signer, whose identity has been verified, to declare to a notary public that they are willingly signing an affidavit (used as a form of documentation tied to a specific person in the proceedings).

An acknowledgment requires the following steps:

  1. The signer must physically appear before you.

  2. You as the notary must positively identify the signer according to your state’s rules.

  3. The signer may either sign the document before appearing before you, or in your presence.

  4. The signer must declare (acknowledge) signing the document for its intended purpose.

Unlike jurats, an acknowledgment does not need to be signed in the presence of a notary. However, the affiant does need to swear or affirm that they signed under their own free will.

Acknowledgement vs. Jurat

"In states where Notaries are prohibited from certifying copies of documents, there is an alternative procedure called a copy certification by document custodian. This procedure allows a person in permanent possession of an original document to sign a written declaration that a copy of it is identical to the original, and take an oath or affirmation before the Notary.

The custodian’s signature is then notarized on the written declaration using jurat wording. In essence, a copy certification by document custodian is an affidavit signed and sworn to by the custodian with a jurat as the notarization. Remember, the custodian, not the Notary, guarantees that the copy is an authentic reproduction of the original..........California permits copy certification by document custodian, except in the case of vital records such as birth, death and marriage certificates. Persons requesting certified copies of vital records need to contact the agency that holds the original record." - NNA

Unacceptable ID's