CERTIFIED NOTARY PUBLIC
NY Lic # 01-IO-4884777
New York State
The notary fee is $2.00 per signature
Identification - Valid identification
is required for notarization. The photo ID shall be current, not expired.
Only the following ID's are valid for
notarization in New York State:
- Drivers License – New York or any other
- State Photo Identification Card
- Military Identification Card
- Passport - Non-USA passports must be stamped
by the INS
If a Picture ID is not available , another individual
can attest to your identity provided that said individual is able to provide an
Id as required above.
DO NOT ASK TO NOTORIZE UNLESS PROPER ID IS PROVIDED
AND THE PERSON IS AVAILABLE TO SIGN IN FRONT OF THE NOTARY
Please call in advance 212
Glossary of Notary Terms
Acknowledgment - The positive
identification of the signer by the notary through either personal knowledge or
identification such as a driver's license. The signer must appear in person
before the notary to request the notarization and prove their identity, if not
known to the notary personally. An often confusing point for notaries to
remember: it is NOT essential that the person who signed the document with
acknowledgment wording sign his or her name in the presence of the notary. (This
point is only for acknowledgments not jurats where the signature must be
An acknowledgment is
a formal declaration, made to the notary by a person who has signed a document
stating that their signature was made of their own free will. Wording as
such "On this _________________(date) _____________________
(signer's name) personally came before me and was identified by personal
knowledge or identification documents to be the person named. " Affiant
- The person who makes and signs their signature to an affidavit or written
Affidavit - A written statement with Jurat wording signed
before a notary, whereby the signer swears that the statement is true and
correct to the best of the signer's knowledge. At the bottom of the affidavit
just below the signature line for the affiant is found JURAT wording such as
“Subscribed and sworn to (or affirmed) before me ________________________(Name
of the Notary) on this date & day of Printed Month”.
Affirmation - An oral
promise, on the signer's honor, that the information provided is true and
correct to the best of the signer's knowledge. Wording such as “Do you affirm
that the document’s contents are true and correct under penalty of perjury?” and
the Long Version Affirmation “Do you solemnly, sincerely, and truly declare &
affirm that the statements made by you are correct & true to the best of your
knowledge & belief under penalty of perjury?”
Authentication certificates or documents attached to documents which need to go
to court out of the country or out of state provided by the Secretary of State.
Prove that the notary was commissioned and in good standing at the time of
notarization. Lends authenticity to the document when it is used in Hague
Attest - To witness the signing of a
written document at the request of the person who signs/signed the document.
Attest is the same as to witness.
Attorney in fact - A person who is given
written authority to act on the behalf of another. The document giving the
authority is a "power of attorney".
Authentication certificates or
documents - Attached to documents which need to go to court or out of
the state issued by the Secretary of State or the County Clerk. These may also
be called Apostilles if they are attached to documents going out of the
Certificate - This wording contains the necessary information
that constitutes a notarization: "State of____, County of_____...Before me
Certificates of Official Character -
Verify a notary's capacity to perform their notarial duties and are issued by
the County Clerk.
Coercion - When one is forced to do
something through fear, intimidation, or threats. A notary will refuse to
notarize a signature if it is clear that the signer is being forced to do so.
Certified Copy - An
exact copy of an original document. In California, notaries may only certify
copies of power of attorney documents.
Credible Witness -
Someone who is personally known to the notary, who can swear to the identity of
a signer, when the signer is not known to the notary.
Deponent - The one
who makes oath to a spoken or written statement.
Deposition – A
deposition is not a Notarial act; it is a verbal/spoken testimony where a person
is given a verbal oath or affirmation. A deposition is a verbal /spoken
statement sworn to or affirmed by a Notary which may be transcribed into a
written testimony to be used in court or legal proceedings. Depositions on
Sunday: A New York Notary May NOT take a deposition for a civil court proceeding
on a Sunday. If taken; this deposition is inadmissible in court. This is the
only Notarial function which cannot be performed on a Sunday.
Electronic Notary Seals — ENS™
provides the final link for electronic document notarizations. NOTE: Electronic
notarization processes, procedures and systems are not yet established in every
state. Electronic Notary Seals in 2008 are currently available in California,
Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.
Execute - To sign.
Executed documents are merely signed documents.
Jurat - A type of
notarization where the notary compels the signer to tell the truth through the
administration of an oath. Document wording will include "sworn and subscribed"
and must accompany an affidavit. The jurat is the Notarial wording at the bottom
of an affidavit and not the document itself. Jurat wording example :
“Subscribed and sworn to (or affirmed) before me
________________________(Name of the Notary) on this date & day of Printed
Certificate - The written act of a notary.
This includes the state/county where notarization is performed, date, type of
notarization, complete notary signature and title, and official seal.
Notary Public -
Authorized by the state to witness & administer sworn acknowledgements.
Please note: notaries are not attorneys, and cannot provide legal advice.
Oaths - Administered
by the notary to the signer to compel truth. See Affirmation above.
Wording such as “Do you swear that the
document’s contents are true and correct so help you God?”
Oath for Affidavit wording “Do you solemnly swear
that the contents of this affidavit subscribed by you is correct & true to the
best of your knowledge & belief, so help you God?”
Power of Attorney - A
type of document whereby the signer gives the individual named in the document
full or limited power to act on the signer's behalf.
Proof of Execution -
A Proof is the formal declaration made under oath or affirmation by a
subscribing witness to the signing of a document stating the following:
1. their place of residence in New York;
2. the fact that they knew the person described in the
document and who signed the document; and
3. that they personally saw the named person sign such
document described in the proof.
See Real Property Law 309-a.
Protests - A protest
is a formal statement in writing by a notary public, under seal, that a certain
bill of exchange, negotiable instrument or promissory note was on a certain day
presented for payment, or acceptance, and that such payment or acceptance was
refused. In NY, Executive Law §135 -The act may be referred to as presentment.
Protests are rarely performed by modern notaries the rules & procedures for this
Notarial act are very difficult to locate.
Real Property Law 309-a
- The certificate wording for a Proof of Execution by a Subscribing Witness,
performed within New York State on a conveyance (Deed) or other real estate
document made by any person with respect to real property located in New York,
must conform substantially with the approved form set forth by the state, the
blanks being properly filled by the notary. The person who prepares these
documents will typically have the correct wording printed on them.
Seal - In the case of
the signer, the seal is their signature. In the case of the notary, the seal is
Subscribing witness to any instrument
sworn to or acknowledged is typically the Notary Public.
Subscribing Witness for a
Proof of Execution - “Proves” that the absent principal signer signed
the document by taking a verbal oath or affirmation from the notary. The
Subscribing Witness appears instead of the signer to the notary. See Real
Property Law 309-a.
Venue - The
location where the notarization was performed - street number, town and county.