What is a Notary Public?

The National Notary Association defines a notary public as, “an official of integrity appointed by state government —typically by the secretary of state — to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents.” These acts are called notarizations or notarial acts.

Notaries are also publicly commissioned, meaning they have a set of rules they need to abide by.

We have a common-law notary on our staff. A common-law notary is not a lawyer and is forbidden from providing legal advice.

What Does a Notary Public Do?

The main duty of a notary is to help prevent fraud by witnessing the signing of documents and verifying their authenticity.

But notaries don’t stop there. They also:

  • Administer oaths and affirmations
  • Take affidavits and statutory declarations
  • Take acknowledgments of deeds and other conveyances
  • Protest notes and bills of exchange
  • Provide notice of foreign drafts

Notaries must witness when someone signs a document.

Need a Notary?

Contact us at 304-372-3400 ext 1001 to schedule a time with the notary.

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What is needed?

Bring the unsigned documents that have already been filled out.

Fees

The maximum fee in this state for the notarization of each signature, the
certification of a facsimile of a document, and any other notarial act performed
is $5.00.

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