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Notary Public Services and Procedures

You may have a document that requires notarization. The primary purpose of notarization is to deter fraud by having an impartial individual witness the signing of documents. The following describes the notary public’s services and steps of notarization in New Jersey.

Services

In New Jersey, a notary public or notarial officer is an individual who the state treasurer has granted the power to:

  • Acknowledge a document is signed at the free will of a verified signee
  • Administer an oath that the statements presented by the signee are true
  • Certify that a payment was not made or was refused
  • Certify the signature signed by signee in front of notary is genuine
  • Certify that a document copy is same as original
  • Swear in signee, write their testimony, and witness its signing

You may turn to a notary public Wharton NJ, to have your document notarized for a fee. 

Presence

You may be physically present before a notarial officer, or you may be present through a secure remote real-time interactive audio-visual session.

Verification

The notarial officer may verify your identity by knowing you personally; through the presentation of a passport, driver’s license, or government-issued identification containing your photo and signature; or through a witness, present at the time of notary, who has presented his or her identification documents. 

For a remote notary public, you may upload your identification documents. Additionally, you may need to complete a third-party dynamic knowledge-based authentication assessment where you answer multiple-choice questions to verify your identity further. 

Notarization

After complete verification, you present your document or upload it. The notarial officer makes sure you are of age, competent, understand the contents and intent of the document you are signing, and that you are doing so at your free will.

You then declare an oath and sign and date your document in front of the notarial officer. The notarial officer records the act in his or her notarial journal, signs and dates the document, and affixes his or her notary stamp and certificate. Certification for remote notary public services may be done using tamper-evident technology, such as a PDF document.