How To Choose a Suitable Notary Public in the USA

Notarize Documents How To Choose a Suitable Notary Public in the USA

A Notary Public in the USA Is Available Every Day With DoNotPay

The notarization process can be tedious and lengthy if you decide to go through it on your own. 

There is another way—use our AI-powered app to connect with a notary public in the USA regardless of where you live or work. 

Having to get your documents notarized does not need to be a hassle! Access DoNotPay to get up-to-date information on available and practical notary services.

What Does a Notary Public in the USA Do?

A notary public is a person who is authorized by a U.S. state to:

In some states—like Florida, Maine, and South Carolina—notaries can also perform wedding ceremonies. A notary public in the USA is not allowed to provide legal advice as they do not have to be lawyers. 

U.S. Notary—Find a Suitable Type

Depending on the documents you would like to get notarized and your preferences, you can choose among the following types of notaries:

Notary Type

Additional Explanation

Regular notariesRegular—also called traditional—notaries provide in-person notary services in their offices and work:

  • Independently
  • Within a company or institution
Electronic notariesE-notaries also perform notarial acts:

  • Face-to-face
  • In their offices

The only difference between electronic and regular notaries is that e-notaries notarize digital copies instead of paper documents

Notary signing agentsThese professionals mainly notarize loan documents and work for financial institutions or banks
Mobile notariesMobile notaries can provide notary services at a convenient location, such as:

  • Your home
  • Restaurant
  • Hospital
  • Jail
  • Mall
  • Airport
  • Nursing home
  • Your workplace

This type of notary service might be pricey as mobile notary fees are higher than the regular ones due to travel costs

Online notariesOnline notaries public perform remote online notarization via a live audio-video call. It means you can get your documents notarized:

Want To Go Through Notarization Alone? Learn the Required Steps

Should you decide to go through the notarization process on your own (without assistance), you need to keep in mind that it can be demanding and time-consuming. 

To get your documents notarized, you will need to take the following steps:

  1. Do some research—You could:
    1. Ask around
    2. Use the internet
    3. Use DoNotPay’s website that offers lots of useful information
  2. Find a notary public—You can search:
    1. Online
    2.  In public places near you
  3. Schedule an appointment—You may want to do this by:
    1. Calling a notary’s office during business hours
    2. Using DoNotPay to connect you with a notary automatically 
  4. Collect all required documents—You should:
    1. Ask the notary what documents to bring for your appointment
    2. Create the necessary documents using DoNotPay’s Standardized Legal Documents feature
  5. Meet with the notary—Depending on what notary type you have chosen, you can meet one:
    1. Online, i.e., remotely 
    2. In his or her office
    3. At a place of your choice
  6. Present proof—In the meeting, you will need to provide a valid ID document to confirm your identity. You can use your:
    1. ID
    2. Passport
    3. Driving license
    4. Another current photo ID document

The notarization process is complete once you have settled the necessary notary fees and the notary public has placed the notary signature and stamp on the document. 

Where To Find a Notary Public in the USA

To find a notary public in the USA, you can:

  1. Search online
  2. Visit nearby places
  3. Use an online notary service provider 

Look for a U.S. Notary Online

You could browse the internet to get the contact information of active notaries public. Here are some useful websites:

  1. American Society of Notaries
  2. Yelp
  4. American Association of Notaries

Apart from these platforms, lots of U.S. states offer notary search tools on their Secretary of State website.  

Pay a Visit to Companies in Your Neighborhood

As some businesses and organizations employ notaries public, you can make an appointment with them by visiting their place of work. You could check some of the following:

  • Colleges
  • Law offices
  • Courthouses
  • Credit unions
  • Public libraries
  • Stores, e.g., AAA
  • Police departments
  • Postal and shipping providers, e.g., UPS
  • Financial institutions and banks, e.g., Bank of America and Wells Fargo

Choose an Automated Notary Service Provider

You can avoid:

  • Searching for a notary public
  • Getting in touch with one by phone or in person
  • Driving to the notary’s office
  • Meeting with a U.S. notary face to face
  • Getting your documents notarized only during business hours

To skip all these steps, subscribe to DoNotPay to connect with a notary public:

  1. Instantly
  2. At any time of the day or night
  3. From any place within the USA

DoNotPay Connects You With an Online U.S. Notary 24/7! 

DoNotPay offers the most suitable way to get your documents notarized from the comfort of your home. Regardless of where you live, work, or stay, we can connect you with a notary public in three clicks. 

Sign up for DoNotPay and take these short steps:

  1. Choose our Notarize Any Document feature
  2. Upload the document you need to get notarized
  3. Enter your email address

Once you receive our email, click on the provided link and confirm a suitable time for an appointment with an online notary. There is no need to risk your health—you can keep safe yet comfortable with our remote online notary services. 

If you would like to learn about the specifics of notary services in your city or state, you can browse through our website. We provide lots of valuable information for different U.S. places, including the following: 


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