Preparing to See a Notary Public

You need to have a document notarised and are in the process of getting ready for the meeting. If you’ve already found the London notary public you plan to use for the notarisations, you are one step ahead. However, there are a few other things you should do before you see a notary. These include:

  • Know what type of notarisation you need: Do you just need a notary to attest to the validity of your signature on a document, or do you require the administration of an oath or affidavit? Knowing the different types of notarisations that notaries public provide—and know which one you need—will make matters much faster and less confusing.
  • Have identification: The purpose of notarisation is often to verify the identity of you, the signer. If you don’t bring a valid form of identification to your meeting with a notary, this verification may well be impossible. When you meet with your London notary public, you will be required to present two forms of identification. You will also want to double check your ID and make sure that the name on the ID matches the name on the forms. If you recently got married or divorced or had another reason to change your name, then you need to get an ID where the name matches the documents to be notarised.
  • Be organised: Notaries are busy people so don’t waste their or your time. Have all the documents you need to have notarised on hand and know how many notarisations you need. Leaf through each document to make sure that no parts have been left blank or incomplete. Ensure that all designated signers can be present for your meeting with the notary. Be on time. Being organised will make life easier for the notary and will ensure that your notarisations go as quickly and conveniently as possible.

Having a document notarised isn’t as simple as walking into a notary’s office and signing a piece of paper. To make sure you don’t have to make multiple trips to the notary or that you don’t miss a deadline for a notarisation, make sure you take the time to make each of the preparations discussed in this article.

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