What is a Notary?
A Notary is a public official who is appointed and commissioned by the Secretary of the Commonwealth; notaries public are held to the highest standards of integrity, honesty and trust. Notaries public are also playing an ever more vital role in commerce and are on the front lines of deterring document fraud, particularly in light of heightened security concerns and the increased threat of identity theft.
What can a Notary Do?
In Pennsylvania, a notary public has the power to administer oaths and affirmations, certify copies and take depositions, affidavits, verifications, upon oath or affirmation and acknowledgments. In addition, notaries public are authorized to issue protests. Notaries public commissioned in Pennsylvania are authorized to notarize documents in any county in Pennsylvania.