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What is a Notary Public
A Notary Public is a public servant with statewide jurisdiction who is authorized to take acknowledgments, protest instruments permitted by law to be protested (primarily negotiable instruments and bills and notes), administer oaths, take depositions, and certify copies of documents not recordable in the public records.
A Notary Public is, in the true sense of the word, "a public servant" and "an officer of the State of Texas", conveniently located in the community so that the notary may be of service to the public. Each Notary Public takes an official oath of office to faithfully perform the duties of the office
The primary duty of a Notary Public is to show that a disinterested party (the Notary Public) has duly notified the signer of an instrument as to the importance of such document, and the signer of such document has declared that the signer’s identity, signature, and reasons for signing such instrument are genuine.
The section below provides a notary public with a list of prohibited acts that a notary public may not do in carrying out the duties of the notary's office. If a notary public performs any of the following acts, the notary may be subject to possible criminal prosecution, civil liability, including liability under the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and the revocation or suspension of the notary's notary public commission.
A Notary Public may not:
perform acts, which constitute the practice of law;
prepare, draft, select, or give advice concerning legal documents;
use the phrase “notario” or “notario publico” to advertise notary services;
overcharge for notary public services;
notarize a document without the signer being in the notary’s presence;
notarize the notary’s own signature;
issue identification cards;
sign a notarial certificate under any other name than the one under which the notary was commissioned;
certify copies of documents recordable in the public records;
record in the notary’s record book the identification number that was assigned by the governmental agency or by the United States to the signer, grantor or maker and that is set forth on an identification card or passport; or any other number that could be used to identify the signer, grantor or maker of the document. (This does not prohibit a notary from recording a number related to the residence or alleged residence of the signer, grantor or maker of the document or the instrument.); or
using the translation into a foreign language of a title or other word, including "notary" and "notary public" in reference to a person who is not an attorney in order to imply that the person is authorized to practice law in the United States.
Please the Article below from the National Notary Association.
What to have ready at the appointment!
Proper identification is required for any notarial service that requires verification of signature.
Accepted forms of identification for having notarial services performed include the following:
State-issued driver’s license
State-issued identification card
U.S. military identification card
Resident alien identification card (green card)
Unaccepted forms of identification may include the following:
Social security cards
School identification cards
If you are unable to obtain an acceptable form of identification, you may be able to verify your identify to the notary public through a credible witness. A credible witness is a person who knows the signer of the document and can vouch for his or her identity. It’s important to note that not all states allow the use of credible witness to verify a signer’s identify.
But a signer can’t use a credible witness for the sake of convenience. If a signer accidentally left his or her driver’s license at home, for instance, they can’t let a friend or family member vouch for their identify. The only time when a credible witness is allowed is when the signer has no form of acceptable identification, and the signer can not reasonably obtain an acceptable form of identification.
Credible witnesses are required to sign an affidavit which states:
The signer of the document is known to the credible witness.
The credible witness believes the signer of the document does not possess an acceptable form of identification.
The credible witness believes the signer of the document is reasonably unable to obtain an acceptable form of identification.
The credible witness has no financial interest or incentive for the document’s execution.
Checking and verifying the signer’s identify is critical step in performing a notarial service. Some people may view it as a nuisance, but it’s performed to safeguard against fraud. So the next time you need a document notarized, remember to bring one of the accepted forms of identification mentioned above.
Foreign Language - Portuguese
Para Brasileiros nos Estados Unidos...
I can legally Notarize documents in Portuguese language.
This is only possible because of my complete understanding, and full capacity of communication in such language by reading, writing, and speaking.
I also offer, as part of our Notarization Service, the gold and blue seals, and embosser, usually required for foreign documents such as APOSTILLE. Your notarization will be completed according to specifications.
What is Apostille
Apostille (pronounced ah-po-stee) is a French word which means a certification. An apostille is a certificate — often attached to the document by an appropriate government official after it is notarized.
In the State of Texas, all Apostilles are certified in Austin Capitol. Please see the Article bellow from the National Notary Association.
All fees regarding Notary Act in itself, in the State of Texas, are regulated by law - Tex. Gov't Code Ann. §406.008(b).
Below, you will find current fees solely regarding Notary Act itself, which will be only updated by Texas Law.
All other fees regarding Transit/Travel and other services, are subject of previous agreement and contract.
Acknowledgment: A formal declaration before an authorized official, such as a notary public, by someone who signs a document and confirms that the signature is authentic. Also, the certificate of the officer on such instrument indicating that the document has been so acknowledged.
Affidavit: A voluntary declaration of facts, written down and sworn to or affirmed by the declarant (“affiant”) before a Notary Public or other officer having the authority to administer an oath.
Affirmation: The act of affirming the truth of a document, not an oath. "I solemnly affirm and declare the foregoing to be a true statement...” Note that an affidavit may appear in two forms: a sworn affidavit with oath, or an affirmed affidavit with affirmation. Each has the same legal import.
Jurat: A certification added to an affidavit or document stating when, where and before whom such affidavit was made.
Oath: A solemn declaration, accompanied by a swearing to God or a revered person or thing, that one’s statement is true or that one will be bound to a
promise. The person making the oath implicitly invites punishment if the statement is untrue or the promise is broken.
Protest: A Notary Public’s written statement that, upon presentment for payment or acceptance, a negotiable instrument was neither paid nor accepted.
Verification: A formal declaration by which one swears to or affirms the truth of the statements in a document. Also, the statement of a Notary Public that the person appearing before the notary has been properly identified as being the person purported to be appearing.
Per the State of Texas:
Single Document Fees
..........................per notarized signature/document as shown above + Transit/Travel Fee.
Transit/ Travel Fees
Note: Travel outside of Midland/Odessa Area is based on distance.
$35 ................... (Monday - Friday - Regular Business Hours - Home, office, public venue).
$45 ................... (Monday - Friday - After Business Hours - Home, office, public venue).
$50 ................... (Saturday & Sunday - Home, office, public venue).
$60 ................... (Hospitals)
$70 ................... (Holidays depending on availability - Home, office, public venue).
Please read caferully the below "Pledge of Ethical Practice".
If you are not sure what kind of Notary Act you are in need, please have all your questions addressed to your primary source prior to our visit. Although Notary Act in itself may not be charged due to the circumstances, Transit Fee will apply.
Please note that we value our reputation therefore all applicable laws will be strictly observed. No exceptions!