To notarize a document is to certify that document, via the notary public. Notaries represent the government by acting as government agents who witness and acknowledge the authenticity of a signature that is appended to a legal attestation.
Once notarized, the document carries complete legal weight since the notary public acts as a neutral party that bears witness to the authenticity of at least one party or parties that are signing an agreement, an attestation, an affidavit, or any other document.
In most states and countries across the world, notarization takes the form of the stamping of the document in questions using an official seal, as well as an initialing of the stamp. Notarization could also include the preparation of a legal certificate.
- You have to present your valid identification, often in the form of a valid government-issued ID or any other piece of documentation, to the notary.