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What You Need to Know Before Hiring a Notary Public in Maryland or Viriginia

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If you are looking to hire a Notary Public in the State of Maryland or Virginia be sure to read this first to learn what you need to know before hiring a Notary.

  • Check with Maryland or Virginia Secretary of State to confirm the Notary is commissioned by the State and that the commission is current.
  • Make sure you contact the Notary to discuss your notarial needs such as what types of documents require signing if witnesses are required, and your location.
  • Inquire about the Notary fees prior to your appointment to be sure you are aware of any additional fees.
  • Your Notary can help you decide whether you need a mobile Notary or a Remote Online Notary.
  • For safety reasons, make sure the Notary is alone on the day of your appointment – unless the Notary is providing witnesses to observe and sign the documents as an impartial third party.
  • For your protection be sure to ask the Notary to have their identification readily available on the day of your appointment, so you can verify they are a state commissioned Notary.
  • Make sure you have valid identification that meets the states identification requirements.
  • Never seek or take legal advice from your Notary Public. Though notaries are commissioned by the state, this does not give them the right to offer legal counsel.
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