August 10, 2009

Notarized Does Not Mean Legalized

Sometimes people are led to believe that once a document is notarized it is legal but this is not the case. A notary's job is to verify the identity of the signer and to act as an impartial 3rd party witness.

To verify identity the notary will ask the signer to show proof of who they are with a drivers license, state identification card, passport or other acceptable documentation. If questioned, the notary has to be able answer questions about the identity of the signer and what type of document was notarized but not the validity of the document.

The validity of a document is left up the courts and legal counsel.

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