What Is a Notarized Document


By Matthew M.

Published on 01/28/2021

What Is a Notarized Document — and Where Can I Get Something Notarized?

A notarized document is a document that has been certified by a licensed notary public for the protection of all parties associated with the transaction. The notary public is an official who verifies the identity of everybody signing the document, witnesses the signature, and provides their Notary Stamp or Seal, ensuring the document has been notarized. 

During this official fraud-deterrent process, the notary is responsible for not only verifying the identity of each individual signer, but also making sure each signer is signing under their own volition and not being coerced or forced into signing something against their will. This verification process also goes for signers who may not be capable of making sound decisions, as a result of intoxication, medication, or lack of comprehension for the task at hand. In those cases, the notary cannot notarize the document.

Once the notary has verified all necessary parties, they will witness every signature on the document. The notary public will then provide their own stamp or seal, certifying the signature is legitimate and will hold up in the court of law.

It is important to note that a notarized document just means that the signatures on said document are legitimate. It is not the job of the notary to review the document, provide advice, or alert you if there is an error, their only job is to verify the signatures on the document, nothing more. 

Now that we have a better understanding of what a notarized document is, let’s discuss where you can get your document notarized. 

The traditional methods of getting a document notarized consists of traveling to the nearest financial institution such as a bank or credit union, shipping store, or car dealer to get your document notarized in person. As we enter the digital age, and especially during a pandemic, people want to get their documents notarized without having to leave their home or office. That is where NotaryLive comes in, a new and innovative online notarization platform, allowing documents to be notarized online within minutes!

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Updated Date: 03/31/2023




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