These questions and answers are for your general information only. They are not intended to cover all the material available in a Notarial Handbook.
(Q) Can I notarize a document for my husband/wife?
(A) We would advise you NOT to do this. It may be an area that gets you in trouble. You should never notarize a document that you may have an interest in. Normally a husband and wife’s personal and financial affairs are intertwined and one’s gain would be as a gain for both.
(Q)I have had a name change. Can I still notarize?
(A) You can still notarize. You do not need to change your commission until your next renewal. However, you must place the name in which your commission was issued in parenthesis next to your new name. If you wish to have your commission changed, you may do so by completing a new application and surrendering your old certificate.
(Q)When notarizing a document, must a person personally appear before me in order for me to notarize it?
(A)Yes, the person must personally appear and show proper identification. It has been held that a Notary Public can be personally liable for money damages for failing to take reasonable steps to verify the identity of the person seeking the have a document notarized.
(Q) How long am I commissioned to be a Notary Public?
(A) Your commission expires after five years.
(Q)Is my commission only good in Stark County, Ohio?
(A) A notary commission is good statewide.
(Q)What is the fee I can charge for notarizing a document?
(A) Notary Public fees are set by statute. Please consult the fee section in your Guidebook for Notaries Public.
(Q)If someone presents a document to be notarized and it has already been signed, can I notarize it?
(A) No, the document may NOT be signed before bringing it into the Notary Public. When a Notary Public administers an oath or affirmation in connection with the execution of an affidavit, the affidavit must be signed in the presence of the Notary Public.