Notary


Notary services are available at the library for a fee of $5 per signature (waved for official business or in cases of financial hardship–please speak to the notary).

Appointments are strongly encouraged. To make an appointment, call the library at 850-342-0205.

Before going to your notary appointment, make sure your document is complete and ready to be signed. After a document is notarized, you cannot make changes. Do not sign the document until the notary is present and confirms your identity.

The notary is not a lawyer and cannot offer legal guidance, prepare legal documents, explain what a document means, or help you decide which notarial act is appropriate. If you are uncertain or confused about any part of the document, consult an attorney and/or the other parties in the transaction.

Come in person with the document that needs to be notarized and bring one form of identification. The person or people who need the document notarized must appear before the notary. This includes spouses (if both spouses’ signatures are required) and any witnesses required.

Acceptable forms of identification*:

  • A Florida identification card or driver’s license.
  • A driver’s license or identification card issued by another state.
  • A passport issued by the Department of State of the United States.
  • A passport issued by a foreign government if the document is stamped by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service.
  • An identification card issued by any branch of the armed forces of the United States.
  • An identification card issued by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service.

*Alternate means of identification are available under certain circumstances. Speak with the notary if you need a document notarized but lack the above forms of identification.

Notarial acts:

  • Oaths or affirmations
  • Acknowledgements
  • Certified copies (if copies are not available from another public agency)
  • Weddings ($10 – requires a marriage license)

The notary cannot:

  • Give legal advice or accept fees for legal advice. The notary not an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Florida.
  • Notarize signatures for people who are not physically present or who are unable to understand the transaction due to mental incapacity, illness or language barriers.
  • “Certify” photographs or collectibles as authentic.
  • Certify translations.