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What is a Notary

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What is a Notary?

A Notary Public / Public Notary/Notary is a public officer appointed by Statute or Commission to witness documents, administer oaths, or perform other administrative functions of an international nature. Sometimes a Notary is loosely referred to as an "international JP" because of the international nature of the work. When witnessing or signing a document, the Notary affixes his official seal (usually impressed, coloured red) to the document immediately under, adjacent or as near as possible to the signature.

What does a Notary do?

A Notary: Affidavits, Affirmations & Declarations Administers oaths (or affirmations) for affidavits; takes statutory declarations, under notarial seal.

Deeds & other unsworn Documents

Witnesses & attests the execution or signing of a Deed or other document, under notarial seal.

Verification of copied Documents

Examines photocopies of documents to compare with originals; verifies or certifies photocopies as true copies, under notarial seal.

Authentication of original Documents

Examines original documents, makes enquries from original sources to confirm authenticity; then completes a Notarial Certificate verifying authenticity.

Notarial Certificates

Prepares, completes, signs, & seals Notarial Certificates, verifies valid execution of documents (e.g. identity of an individual's signature or a company's formal execution & seal).

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