Raquel Schroeder

How Do I Know if My Document Needs to be Notarized?

The easiest way to tell if a document needs to be notarized is if you see something like this:

Subscribed and sworn to or affirmed before me at __________________ on _______.
(date)
_______________________________ Signature of Officer
_______________________________ Title of Officer

I __________ say on oath or affirm that I have read the foregoing (or attached) document and believe all statements made in the document are true.
_______________________________ Signature
Subscribed and sworn to or affirmed before me at ____________ on ________. (date)
_______________________________ Signature of Officer
_______________________________ Title of Officer

Although there are many different types of notarizations, these examples are good things to look out for in common documents.

Often when an official witness is needed to make a document legal, a notary is required. But you may need to read the fine print to find out whether it is in a particular situation.

If it contains the words, “Place Notary Seal Here,” that can indicate you might need a notary service. Typically, a governmental organization or some other entity in charge of a process will let you know that your document or certificate must be notarized.

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