R & R Duarte Mobile Notary & Signing Agent Services
Licensed, Bonded & Insured
Proud Member of the National Notary Association
Commission # 2057574
Our network of notaries are available 24hours.
At R & R Duarte we understand that with today's fast pace environment you might not have time to travel to a Notary Public's office. Our mobile notaries provide professional notary services at your convenience.
We can meet at a designated location:
Q. What is a Notary Public?
A. A Notary Public is a public servant appointed by the state government to witness the signing
of important documents, acknowledgements,administering oaths and affirmations, and performing
other acts authorized by law.
Q. Why are documents notarized?
A. Documents are notarized to deter fraud and to ensure they are properly executed. An impartial
witness (the Notary) identifies signers to screen out impostors and to make sure they have
entered into agreements knowingly and willingly.
Q. Does a document need to be signed in the presence of a Notary?
A. It depends. Documents requiring acknowledgements normally do not need to be signed in the
Notary's presence. However, the signer must appear before the Notary at the time of notarization to
acknowledge that he or she freely signed for the purpose stated in the document. On the other hand,
documents requiring a jurat must be signed in the Notary's presence, as dictated by the typical
jurat wording. "Subscribed (signed) and sworn before me...."
Q. Can a Notary correct a name that has been misspelled on the document and the notarial
A. Only the document signer has the authority to make any changes on the document; likewise,
only a Notary can correct the certificate.
Q. Can a Notary notarize a document with blank spaces?
A. No. Even if not addressed in statue, a prudent Notary should skim the document for blanks and
ask the document signer to fill them in. If they are intended to be left blank, then the signer can line
through them or write N/A.
Q. Can signatures be notarized on faxes or photocopies of documents?
A. Yes. A photocopy may be notarized as long as it bears an original signature, meaning that the
photocopy must have been signed by hand. Therefore, a photocopied signature may never be notarized.
Q. Can a Notary notarize a document for a stranger with no identification?
A. Yes. If identification of a signer cannot be based upon identification documents (ID cards), a Notary
may rely upon the oath or affirmation of one personally known credible witness,or two credible
identifying witnesses who are strangers to the Notary. Effective January 1,2008, every credible witness
must present a valid state-approved ID to the Notary.
Q. Can a will be notarized?
A. It depends. A Notary should only notarize a will if clear instructions and a notarial certificate are
provided. If the signer of the will is relying upon the Notary for advice on how to proceed, the Notary
should refer the individual to an attorney.
Q. Can a photograph be notarized?
A. No. To simply stamp and sign a photograph is improper. A Notary's signature and seal must appear
only on a notarial certificate (such as an acknowledgement or jurat) accompanying a written statement
signed by the person.
Q. Can a Notary notarize a document in a language they cannot read?
A. Yes. As long as the notarial certificate and document signature are in a language the Notary can
read, California Notaries may notarize documents written in languages they cannot read. However,
under NO circumstances should a notarization be performed if the Notary and the principal cannot
directly communicate in the same language.
Q. Can a Notary certify a copy of a birth certificate?
A. No. California Notaries are authorized to certify copies only of power of attorney and ,if requested
by the Secretary of State, entries in their official journals of notarial acts. Instead, we can perform a
"Certified Copy by Document Custodian", where the person holding an original document can
certify that the copy they have made is a true copy of the original. Unfortunately, Vital records such as
Birth, Death, and Marriage certificates still cannot be certified copied in any way.
I AM NOT AN ATTORNEY AND, THEREFORE, CANNOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICE
ABOUT IMMIGRATION OR ANY OTHER LEGAL MATTERS.
Our Notary fees are based on the State of California Notary Fees Schedule. $15.00 per signature.(Volume discounts are available). Travel fees are negotiable, depending on the circumstances. We will discuss all fees to be sure we agree to them, prior to the notarization services.
Our goal is to administer a smooth transaction to all of our clients. We take pride in paying attention to detail. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. We look forward to meeting you.