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What Do I Need to Bring to a Notary Public?

Published by Scott Hershman

When you need to have a notary public notarize your documents, you must come prepared with all proper documents. That way, the process is quick and easy.

But what should you bring to a notary public? This guide covers the items to bring, along with some handy tips to make your visit to a notary public office a breeze.

The Document

Of course, you must bring the document you need notarized. It should be complete but unsigned, as you’ll sign it with the notary.

If your document has blank spaces to fill out, do not sign or date those areas beforehand. The notary will guide you on how to complete these sections.

Valid Identification

Bring a government-issued form of identification with a valid photo to verify your identity, such as a driver’s license, state ID card, military ID, or passport. The notary will use this to confirm that you are who you claim to be.


Some documents require witnesses in the presence of a notary to attest that you are the correct document signer. They may also need to serve as another party signing the document. Check the requirements of your specific document if you need any additional witnesses.


Notary services often come with a fee, so be prepared to pay for the notarization. Fees can vary, so call ahead or check the notary’s website for their pricing.

Knowledge of the Document

Be ready to explain the document’s purpose and any specific instructions or requirements. Some documents, like powers of attorney, divorce papers, or deed transfers, may need clarification of intent. Explaining the purpose of the document can help the notary notarize it correctly.

Call Ahead

Some notaries serve by appointment only. Call ahead and schedule your visit so you’re not waiting around. When planning the appointment, the notary will explain the process and any specific instructions to follow. On the day of your appointment, it’s a straightforward interaction.

Visit West Suburban Currency Exchanges for Fast and Easy Notary Services

Follow these tips on what to bring to a notary public for a quick, effortless process. Remember to double-check the requirements for your specific document and bring any witnesses if needed. By being prepared and organized, you’ll save time and avoid any potential issues.

West Suburban Currency Exchanges offers notary services around the Chicagoland suburbs. Whether it’s a legal document, power of attorney, or any other paperwork, rest assured we make the notarization process official!

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