A notary public
no·ta·ry public | \ˈnō-tə-rē- \
plural notaries public or notary publics
Definition of notary public
: a public officer who attests or certifies writings (such as a deed) to make them authentic and takes affidavits, depositions, and protests of negotiable paper
— called also notary
notary (public)noun [ C ]
US /ˈnoʊ·t̬ər·i (ˈpʌb·lɪk)/ plural notaries (public) law
an official who has the legal authority to say that documents are correctly signedor truthful
verb [ T ] US /ˈnoʊ·t̬əˌrɑɪz/
Do these signatures have to be notarized?
notary public in British
nounWord forms: plural notaries public
a public official, usually a solicitor, who is legally authorized to administer oaths, attestand certify certain documents, etc
Who can be a Notary Public?
The exact qualifications for who can become a Notary differs from state to state. In general, Notary applicants must be 18 years old and a legal resident of the state with no criminal record. Some states require you Notary applicants to read and write English. Some states also allow residents of neighboring states to become Notaries.