Banks frequently need to have documents notarized. For this reason, banks usually have employees who are also notaries public on their staffs. A notary is a public servant and in this capacity can notarize a document for you even if you aren't a customer of the bank. Notaries help prevent identity theft and fraud by verifying that the person signing a document is who she claims to be.
Having Documents Notarized
When you must have a document notarized, call the bank first to make sure a notary public is available. Take the document with you and bring a valid photo ID such as your passport, driver's license or military ID. The notary will examine your identification to make sure it is in order. You must sign the document while the notary watches you and so can verify that you are the person signing it. Maximum notary public fees are set by individual states and ranged from 50 cents to $15 as of 2014. However, notaries at banks can notarize something for less, especially if you are a customer of the bank. A notary's function is limited to notarizing documents. She cannot give you legal advice or help you understand the documents you sign.
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