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1. When can I have a document notarized?

  • Our notary services are limited to weekdays, and there is no set schedule for availability. When the library opens each day, you can call (512) 930-3551 to ask about the day’s schedule or ask to speak to a notary.
  • Consulting ahead of time with one of our notaries about the kind of document you have and the kind of identification you will bring with you may help determine in advance whether we can provide the service you need.

2. What do I need to bring?

  • Bring a current photo ID (issued by a governmental agency) with you for every person who will be signing the document. This requirement also applies to witnesses. Expired IDs cannot be accepted.
  • If there is more than one party signing a document, all parties must appear before the notary at the same time in order for a notarization to be completed.
  • Bring the document requiring notarization, in its entirety, with you to the appointment. All blanks in a document must be filled in before notarization, with “N/A” if not applicable.
  • Documents presented must have the Notarial Certificate included. Our notaries cannot give advice concerning the choice of Notarial Certification. If you need guidance go to the Texas Secretary of State website at www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/edinfo.shtml .
  • If your document requires witnesses, you are responsible for providing them. A witness must (1) be personally known to you, (2) be willing to stand up in court on your behalf, (3) be at least 18 years of age, and (4) have current photo ID (issued by a governmental agency). Witnesses may not be solicited from patrons using the library.

3. What else do I need to know?

  • Do not sign any documents until the notary is present.
  • Notaries may not copy and notarize Public Record documents (sometimes referred to as copy certification). Some common examples of Public Record documents are: birth certificates, death certificates, marriage or divorce decrees, copies of deed, mortgages, or other Real Estate documents, probated wills, official school records & transcripts, immigration papers, military records, driver’s licenses, passports, certificates of citizenship, Employment Eligibility Verification (I9) documents.
  • Certain documents are best handled by law offices or realtor; therefore, we do not notarize wills, codicils, living wills or trusts, documents of conveyance (transfer of title or deed), documents related to estate settlement, or depositions.
  • Notaries Public are prohibited from offering any kind of advice to the public on the format, wording, or content of any document to be notarized.  To do is considered the “unlicensed practice of law”. Please consult with your attorney, real estate agent, or other legal professional if you have any questions before presenting a document for notarization.
  • Texas law requires that a notary and the customer seeking notarization be able to communicate directly with each other. Documents to be notarized must be in English. Notaries are not permitted to make use of a translator to communicate with a Notary Service customer. Unfortunately, we do not at this time have a Spanish-speaking notary.
  • Notary service is limited to 3 documents per person, per day. Documents over 2 pages in length will require an appointment.
  • In accordance with Texas Notarial Law, notaries will not provide service if the customer, document, or circumstance of the request for Notary Service raises any issue of authenticity, ambiguity, doubt, or uncertainty for the notary. The Library’s notary may, at his/her sole discretion, decline to provide Notary Service.
  • By law our notaries are not allowed to copy and notarize Public Record documents (sometimes referred to as copy certification). Some common examples of Public Record documents are:
      • birth certificates,
      • death certificates,
      • marriage or divorce decrees,
      • copies of deed, mortgages, or other Real Estate documents,
      • probated wills,
      • official school records & transcripts,
      • immigration papers,
      • military records,
      • driver’s licenses,
      • passports,
      • certificates of citizenship,
      • Employment Eligibility Verification (I9) documents.
    • Certain documents are best handled by law offices or realtor; therefore, we do not notarize the following:
        • wills, codicils, living wills or trusts,
        • documents of conveyance (transfer of title or deed),
        • documents related to estate settlement,
        • depositions.
    • There are other documents or circumstances under which we cannot provide notary service, as well. Calling (512) 930-3551 to consult ahead of time with one of our notaries about the kind of document you have and the kind of identification you will bring with you may help determine in advance whether we can provide the service you need.


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