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WHAT IS A NOTARY PUBLIC?
A notary public is a person of proven integrity appointed by a Clerk of Superior Court to serve the public as an impartial witness in taking acknowledgments, administering oaths, and affirmations, and other acts authorized by law. Notaries are required to follow simple instructions and exercise good judgment and discretion when executing their office.
Notarization does not insure the statements contained in the document are true or accurate. The notary has no obligation to verify a document’s content or to indicate he/she has knowledge of the contents of the document or of the copy certified. Notarization does not legalize or validate a document. A document with errors prior to notarization will contain the same errors afterwards.