I am a Virginia-certified Notary Public.
My Virginia Notary Registration number is: 7752824
My Notary Commission expires: 31 May 2021
My National Notary Association ID number: 160517455
Michael Spencer Balensiefer
What is a Notary and what are their powers in Virginia?
- A notary is a public official appointed by the Governor
- A Virginia notary may notarize a document to be used outside of VA
- A notary must be satisfied with the identity of the person whose signature is being notarized
- A notary cannot certify birth, marriage, or death certificates
- A notary is not authorized to perform marriages or acts that constitutes practice of Law
- If a fee is charged, it can NOT be more than $5.00 for each notarial act
FYI, there are seven (7) items required for the notary to state on each document being notarized:
1. The name of the county (city) in which the document is signed
2. The date the document is signed
3. The notarial statement (what is being notarized)
4. The notary’s signature
5. The date that the notary’s commission expires (month, day, yo)
6. Notary’s registration number
7. Photographically-reproducible notary seal (stamp)
Effort should be made to have the notarization completed on the same page as the signature(s) being notarized. If the notarization is on a separate page from a signature(s), the statement must include the NAME of each person’s signature being notarized.
Did you KNOW THAT:
By Virginia LAW, notaries cannot charge over $5 per page?
(From the VA Notary Handbook; “…a Notary Public can charge a maximum of $5.00 per notarial act.”)
If you get a notary that charges above this amount, report them to the Notary Secretary of the Commonwealth at:
1) State-approved identification
2) Your un-enebriated Self
I offer notarizations by appointment. I ask the requestor:
1) Is it just you, or witnesses?
2) Is any another party’s signature required on the form/forms?
I must SEE people sign, and have them sign my logbook. All parties must be available to sign.