A Notary Public is an official of integrity appointed by state government —typically by the secretary of state — to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents.
NOTE: If the document signer does not have one of the above identifying documents available, or it would be excessively difficult for the document signer to obtain identification, two additional persons who do have one of the above documents may be present who will swear to the signer's identity. The two individuals have to be over the age of 18, have valid identification ready for inspection and must swear or affirm under penalty of perjury that they personally know the signer. They will also need to be present at the time of witnessing and sign the notary journal.
A notary public may only certify copies of powers of attorney.
Certified copies of birth, fetal death, death, and marriage records may be made only by the
State Registrar, by duly appointed and acting local registrars during their term of office, and
by county recorders.
See Copy Certification by Document Custodian below.
In the certificate of acknowledgment, the notary public verifies only the identity of the individual who signed the document to which this certificate is attached, and not the truthfulness, accuracy, or validity of that document."
A jurat is the notarial certificate attached to or printed on a document where in a person swears under oath or affirms that the contents of the document are true and correct. The notarial certificate for a jurat is identified by the wording “Subscribed and sworn to (or affirmed).”
NOTE: A notary public cannot legally choose what notarial act is appropriate for a document. If you as the signer are unsure please contact the agency that issued the document and ask them to advise.
A copy certification by document custodian is an affidavit signed and sworn to by the document custodian with a jurat in which the custodian, not the notary, guarantees that the copy is an authentic reproduction of the original.