A notary public can often be found on staff in some banks and other financial institutions, as well as in legal offices and government agency offices, particularly title agencies. In some areas, there may also be separate privately owned notary offices.
A notary public is a legal official who is authorized to perform a variety of tasks, mostly relating to validating signatures on important legal documents. In the United States, notaries public are appointed by the state government and have authority only in that particular state. Notaries are not required to have any significant legal knowledge or training, though some states require potential notaries to complete a short course before being commissioned.