1. DO NOT SIGN document until you are in the presence of the notary.
Acknowledgment Certificate is OK to have been signed years ago.
2. Completely fill in all black spaces in document before Notary arrives BUT DO NOT SIGN! A signed and incomplete documents CANNOT be Notarized!
3. If you have questions about how to complete the document, contact the person who drafted or requested the document. A Notary Public is unable to provide legal advice or assistance in the drafting and/or completion of documents.
4. Every signer must physically appear, be coherent and present acceptable ID at the time of notarization. IDENTIFICATION PROBLEMS- SEE BELOW
5. Original documents must be presented for all Copy Certification. Vital records (birth, death and marriage) cannot be notarized.
6. Know which Notary Certificate you need. A Notary Public cannot give advice on which one to use.
All identification cards must be ORIGINAL, current or issued within the last 5 years, contain a photo, physical description, signature, and serial number. Identification procedures are mandated by the Texas Secretary of State. The following forms of identification are acceptable and originals must be present at time of signing:
• California Driver's License
• Other States Driver’s License
• U.S. Military ID card
• California Identification Card
• Other State Identification Card
• U.S. Passport
• Foreign Passports Stamped by U.S. Customs
• Canada Driver’s License
• Mexico Driver's License
• Inmate ID card
The name you will be signing on the document must match or be "SHORTER THAN" the name on your ID. An ID in your maiden name along with a marriage license evidencing your married name is not acceptable. (see below how to use Credible Witnesses).
CORRECT ID: Document Signature = John Smith (SHORTER THAN) Id = John Adam Smith