What is a notary public?
A notary public is a person licensed or commissioned by a state government. In Minnesota, the Secretary of State licenses notaries public.
What does a notary do?
A notary public verifies your identity and witnesses your signature on important documents. The most common function of a notary public is to prevent fraud.
What does it mean to have an application notarized?
You present government-issued photo identification to the notary who verifies your identity and then watches you sign and date the application. After watching you sign and date the application, the notary will mark the application with a stamp (or a "seal") and sign the application. A notarized application shows the person who receives the application that you really signed it.
Notaries are not responsible for the accuracy of the information you put on your application.
Do I have to have my application notarized by a Minnesota notary?
No. Any notary public in any U.S. state may notarize your application.
Where can I find a notary public?
- If you live outside of Minnesota, search the internet for “notary public” with the name of your state (i.e., notary public Wisconsin).
- If you live in Minnesota, visit the Minnesota Notary Public website.
- Mailbox shops, copy services, banks and some libraries often provide notary services to the public.
- Your place of employment may have notary public services.
Where can I find more information about notaries public?
Visit the Notary & Apostille website to find information on what it means to be a notary in Minnesota, how to obtain a commission, how to check on a notary's commission status, and how to file a complaint against an individual notary.
If you live outside of Minnesota, see your state’s main government website.