A notary public is a public state officer commissioned by the appointed authority in the state of residence. Most notaries can perform these functions authorized by state law:
- Administer oaths and affirmations – Sign and seal a document where you swear that you are telling the truth.
- Take acknowledgments – Sign and seal a document which proves that you physically signed a document of your own free will
- Attest to photocopies of certain documents eg. powers of attorney.- Sign and place a seal on a document which confirms a document is a true copy of the original.