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.


What is needed?

Bring the unsigned documents that have already been filled out.


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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