The initial call for a general notary appointment can seem very invasive. I am going to ask a lot of questions to gauge what I will be doing as well as whether my services are sufficient for you. Feel free to ask me any questions as well.
Some of the questions you will encounter are:
Where are you located (state) – this is related to pricing and can determine where we are meeting
What document is needing to be notarized?-everything can’t be notarized or performed in every state. I can’t certify a copy in MD, I cannot notarize any document issued by the vital records (birth cert, death cert, marriage license)
Does it have notarial wording on the document?- this will determine if I need to bring the wording with me or not
If not, what option would you like? (jurat vs. acknowledgment vs. signature witness)
Do you have a religious preference ( oath vs. affirmation)
How many signers are needing to sign?- this affects cost and time allocated for this signing
Will all signers be present at this appointment? Again a logistical question
What location will we meet at? – I can scout and find a public location or a library to meet if not comfortable with meeting at your home or work. I am flexible and we can even meet on the hood of my car!
Do you have a valid Picture ID (Driver’s License, ID, Passport)- I have to verify who you are and that the photo matches. I will examine this once in hand and I am transitioning to an online log, called NotaryAct. I will ask for your consent to photograph the ID as well for my log if it is taken electronically. You will still have to sign, and give me information that I am to keep secured and under wraps by law.
Once we speak there might be other issues or questions. Please keep an open mind and understand I am attempting to help you, to protect you as well as myself and uphold the integrity of the notary public’s role in fraud protection.