What is a Notary Public?
A notary public is a public officer appointed and commissioned by the Governor whose function is to administer oaths; to take acknowledgments of deeds and other instruments; to attest to or certify photocopies of certain documents; and to perform other duties specified by law.
Notaries are authorized by law to perform six basic duties:
- Administer oaths or affirmations
- Take acknowledgments
- Attest to photocopies of certain documents
- Solemnize marriage
- Verify vehicle identification numbers (VINs)
- Certify the contents of a safe-deposit box
Notaries are authorized to administer an oath for a deposition for use in a court case or an investigation. When administering the oath, the notary must require the deponent‘s physical presence and properly identify him or her. The notary would then administer the oath or affirmation. Once an affirmative answer is given, the deponent is now under oath, and the notary‘s responsibility is over.