What type of identification do i need?
The most common method of verifying a signer’s identity is to look at some form of identifying documents. The Washington State notary statutes point out several options for documents that a notary can use to verify a signer’s identity:
- A passport
- A driver’s license
- A government-issued identification card
- Another form of government identification that contains the signature or photograph of the individual and is satisfactory to the notary
What if I don't have a valid ID?
Washington State offers two other methods for identity verification:
- Personal Knowledge: if your notary already knows you personally. The notarial statute (RCW 42.45.050) says that a notarial officer “has personal knowledge of the identity of an individual appearing before the officer if the individual is personally known to the officer through dealings sufficient to provide reasonable certainty that the individual has the identity claimed.”
- Credible Witness: In order to use this method, a third-party witness must swear an oath and sign that the signing party to the document is who they say they are. The witness must be credible and personally known to the notary (see above on personal knowledge) and needs to provide identifying documents to prove their identity. Finally, both the signer and the witness must appear physically in front of the notary during the notarial act.
my id is expired, can you still accept it?
A notary can accept any identifying document that is either current, or expired for less than three years.
where are you located?
We are a mobile notary service provider based in Silverdale, WA, and will travel to meet you for your appointment!
We service all of Kitsap County: Silverdale, Bremerton, Keyport, Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island, Kingston, Hansville, Seabeck, Port Orchard.
Additionally, we will travel to limited areas of Jefferson County on request.
how can i schedule an appointment?
Just give us a call or text at (360) 865-4654, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist!
How much will it cost?
The fee for a single notarization is $10 (per WAC 308-30-220). This fee is also per person signing. So, for example, if two people are signing one document and both signatures require notarization, then the fee would be $20 plus any travel fee.
Travel fees are in addition to fees for notarial acts and are calculated based on location. Our base travel rate is $30 for appointments in Silverdale; we will provide you a quote for travel to your specific location during the initial consultation, or feel free to message us anytime for an estimate.
Rates for loan signing packets and estate planning documents vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us for a no-obligation quote.
what form of payment do you accept?
We accept cash and all major credit/debit cards for your convenience.
Can you notarize for my family member who is currently in the hospital or care facility?
Yes! We will discuss your needs; some facilities have specific requirements (especially due to COVID-19) for notaries to visit. Please be sure to coordinate with the facility staff and let us know their expectations.
Also, please be aware that to remain compliant with Washington State notarial statutes (RCW 42.45.060), a notary must be satisfied that a signer is competent, knowing/ understanding what they are signing, and signing voluntarily. If the signer is receiving medication which may impair their ability to clearly make decisions, please discuss with their physician to determine if it can be withheld temporarily for the purpose of the signing appointment.
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