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What is a notary statement?

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A notary statement is a solemn declaration or oath that a notary public swears to when confirming a written statement, according to NotarySuccess. Notaries witness signatures of individuals and must positively affirm the individual signing the document is known to the notary witnessing the signature.

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A notary public has a duty to identify an individual that is requesting a notarization of a document, says Notary Success. The notary has to positively identify the person by swearing that the individual signing the document is personally known to the notary; that the identity of the individual is affirmed by a credible witness personally known to the notary; or that the individual is identified by identification documentation.

Each state adopts its own rules and laws that governing the duties and responsibilities of a notary public, according to National Notary. While most of the different laws are the same from state to state when it comes to common notary duties, there are a few states that have unusual laws regarding notary publics. For example, in Washington state, the certification of an event or act is an authorized notarization. In South Carolina, Florida and Maine, notary publics can perform marriage rites, says National Notary. Some states also allow notary publics to certify documents, while other states do not.

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