notary public faqGeneral notarial acts that are authorized in the State of Florida are acknowledgments, certified copies, inventorying a safe-deposit box, jurats, oaths/affirmations, verifying a vehicle identification number (VIN) and marriages.

Acknowledgments – a notary certifies that a signer personally appeared before him or her and was positively identified and acknowledged signing the document

Certified copies – a notary may make or supervise the making of a photocopy of a document that is not a vital or public record and attest to the trueness of the copy

Inventorying a safe-deposit box – a notary certifies the contents of a safe-deposit box that is opened by a financial institution due to non-payment of rental fees

Jurats – a notary certifies that the signer personally appeared before him or her, was positively identified, signed the documents in the notary’s presence and took an oath or affirmation from the notary

Oaths and affirmations – solemn promises to a Supreme Being (oath) or solemn promises to one’s own personal honor (affirmation)

Verifying a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) – a physical inspection of the vehicle by the notary to certify the vehicles VIN. The owner of the vehicle must swear before a notary the VIN and odometer reading are correct.

Marriages – Florida notaries are authorized to solemnize marriages as long as the couple presents a valid marriage certificate. Please note that this particular service is not being offered at this time.