A notary public verifies the authenticity of a copy of a document. Divorce papers are among many personal documents that can be notarised. The process of having a document notarised is not complicated. In fact, you can do it while running errands on any business day.
Take an original copy of your divorce papers, the copies you want notarised and your photo identification to a local bank and ask to see the in-house notary. In most cases, you should not need an appointment. You can also visit a police station, shipping centre, post office or university to look for a notary.
Present your photo I.D., the original divorce papers and the copies of the divorce papers to the notary. The notary will compare the original to each copy to make sure that they are identical. The notary will sign and stamp or seal the copies as authentic. The notary may ask you to sign and initial her journal of notarial acts.
If you want to get your divorce papers notarised while outside the country, contact your home country's embassy. A foreign notarization is sometimes acceptable, but you should first check with the people requesting the documents.
Verify a notary's certification if you are using one outside of the bank, post office, university, or other widely used public institution. Visit your state's Secretary of State website and search for the notary's full legal name and date of certification.
While some notaries charge for their services, you can have documents notarised for free. Plan ahead and visit a local public-service office, such as a police station or library, to get free notary services.
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- While some notaries charge for their services, you can have documents notarised for free. Plan ahead and visit a local public-service office, such as a police station or library, to get free notary services.