Notarization – it’s one of those things you never really think about until you’re told that you need to get something notarized. Then, you’re in a scramble trying to figure out what notarization is and where you can get it done. When exactly would you need to get something notarized and how can Chase Bank help you? In this article, you’ll learn all about what notaries do and where to find them whether or not you have a Chase Bank account.
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What Does a Notary Do?
Notaries Public (a.k.a. people who can notarize documents) are certified witnesses to the signing of documents. Notaries must be objective and independent when evaluating a document and signer. Notaries have to be impartial, meaning they can’t refuse to help you because of your race, nationality, religion, politics, or sexual orientation.
A notary verifies that an official document has been correctly signed. The seal of a notary makes your documents more credible, which can be particularly helpful in legal disputes
If you need to get something notarized, just follow these easy steps.
- Bring the document you need notarized to a notary near you. Also bring a driver’s license, state ID, military ID, passport or other government-issued photo ID.
- Answer the notary’s questions. You may have to show your ID, prove your signature, or give a thumbprint.
- The notary will then give you a notarial certificate and with a signature and official seal.
Commonly Notarized Documents
There are certain important documents that are essentially worthless without the signature of a notary. These are examples of documents that you usually have to have notarized:
- Advanced health directives
- Authorizations to add or remove a name from a title
- Bills of sale for motor vehicles
- Certificate of ownership/title application for a car
- Federal government applications and documents
- Guardianship agreements
- Handgun permits
- Homeschooling affidavits
- Identity theft complaints
- Medical authorizations for minors
- Powers of attorney
- Prenuptial agreements
- Promissory notes
- Property deeds
- Retirement and death benefit designations
Can Chase Bank Notarize Your Documents?
Now that you know what a notary does, where can you find one? If you have an account with Chase Bank, you can get your documents notarized for free at participating locations. Most but not all Chase Bank branches have a notary.
If you have a Chase account and want to get your document notarized, find your nearest Chase Bank location here One you find your nearest bank, just call to make sure they offer notary services. Keep these things in mind when you call:
- Can you make an appointment? Notaries may be available only during certain hours so you should try to make an appointment to make sure a notary will be there when you stop by.
- What can you get notarized? Some banks place restrictions on the types of documents they may handle, so make sure Chase can notarize your specific document.
- Does it cost anything? If you have a Chase account, you can get your documents notarized for free. If you don’t have an account, see if you can use the notary services and how much that costs.
Where Else Can You Find a Notary?
If Chase Bank can’t notarize your documents, here’s an FQF that lists of other banks with notaries. You can also try one of these well-known nationwide businesses:
- Typical hours: Monday – Friday 8 AM – 9 PM, Saturday 9 AM – 9 PM, Sunday 10 AM – 6 PM
- Other information: Review information on Postal Annex Notary Public Services and check store branch pages for services offered
- Find a local Postal Annex
The UPS Store
- Typical hours: Monday – Friday 8 AM – 6 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM, closed Sunday (varies by location)
- Other information: You may need to make an appointment for notary services
- Find a local UPS Store
You can usually find notaries at:
- AAA branches
- Companies offering business-related services (notarization is rarely free)
- County clerk offices
- Hotel concierge desks
- Law firms
- Mobile notary services (usually includes a travel fee)
- Title transfer businesses (notarization is rarely free)
- Some public libraries
If you are a Chase Bank customer, you can get your documents notarized for free. If you are not a customer, you will probably have to pay an extra fee. In general, you’ll have to pay less than $5.00 for notary fees, but these costs vary by state. Go here to see the maximum notary fee you can be charged , by state.
Notaries are required to clearly inform you of all costs, so you’ll always know how much using a notary will cost you. Notaries may charge clerical or administrative fees in addition to the state-set notarization fees, such as:
- Copying documents
- Form completion
- Postage costs
- Phone calls
If you need a document notarized, you can have it done at not only at the bank but also at law firms, county clerk offices, public libraries, Postal Annex, and the UPS Store. You can usually get a document notarized at any of these locations quickly and for less than $5.00 No matter what kind of document you need notarized, you have plenty of options — and if you’re a Chase customer, you can have it done at your Chase bank for free.