What is a Notary Public?​​
A Notary Public is an impartial  witnesswho watches you sign letters, legal documents, i.e., Real Estate documents, Power of Attorney, Advanced Health Care Directives, or court documents.  Included in these documents would be either a California General Notary Acknowledgement form or a California Jurat Form.

  Are you allergic to pets?
NO! I’m an animal lover, ESPECIALLY CATS!

Do I need to show an I.D. prior to signing the document?
Yes.  Before any document can be notarized or signed, I would need to see your I.D.

What type of I.D. is required?
California State Law requires that all documents that are to be notarized, the person should have a government issued photo I.D.  This  would be a  Drivers License,  Senior I.D., State I.D., or U.S. Passport.  Employee I.D.’s, Costco Cards, Social Security Cards, etc. are not acceptable I.D.’s, sorry.

  I don’t have an I.D., or my I. D. has expired.  Can I still have my document(s) notarized?
Yes.  You will need to have two people who are over the age of 18  who have a valid government issued photo  I.D. These two people will be your “credible witness” or “human I.D.”  The two people that you select can be friends, family members, neighbors.  You can’t always rely on hospital staff to assist due to their liability issues. The two people who assist cannot be mentioned in the document that is being notarized, i.e. a Power of Attorney, court papers, etc.. 

Can I ask you any “legal” questions ?
No.  I’m not an attorney.  Although I am familiar with some legal documents because I have seen them in my notary practice, California Law does not allow notaries to give legal advice.  That would simply be “practicing law without a license.” 

Why do I need to sign your Notary Journal?
By law, any documents that are notarized need to be listed in the Notary Journal.  This is a legal record .  An entry would consist of the date, time, location, type of notary form either Jurat or Acknowledgement, name of the notarized document, the name/address of the signer, their I..D. information and thumb print.

Why a thumb print?
By California Law, a thumb print is only required for Deeds and Power of Attorney documents.  However, because my main focus is to protect the identity of the signer, I prefer to obtain a thumb print on ALL documents that I notarize.  Thereby reducing the possibility of I. D. theft.