Notary Policy

The Gloucester County Library offers free notary public services for the benefit of the residents of our  communities. Library notaries are scheduled to work during the libraries’ regular hours of  operation. Notary service is not available in the fifteen minutes prior to the time of closing. Customers seeking notary service should call the appropriate library branch prior to their visit to ensure that a notary is available. 

· Valid photo identification is required of any customer seeking notary service.

· Notary service is not available for deeds, mortgages, wills, powers of attorney, living wills, living trusts, codicils, and depositions.

· Notaries cannot pre-date or post-date an action, prepare a legal document or give advice on legal matters, or notarize documents in which they have a personal interest.

· The library will not provide  witnesses, and witnesses may not be solicited from customers using the library.  In order to serve as a witness, the witness must personally know the person whose document is being notarized and must be in possession of a valid photo identification.

· Since the notary must be able to read and understand what he or she has been asked to notarize, documents in any language other than English will not be notarized at the library.

· A third party may assist a customer communicate with the notary, if necessary. In this case, the notary should require valid photo identification from the third party.

· Certain public documents cannot be copied and notarized. Examples are: birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates.

· Notaries will not provide service if the customer, document or circumstances of the request for notary service raise any issue of authenticity, ambiguity, doubt or uncertainty for the library. In this event, the library notary may, at his or her sole discretion, decline to provide notary service.

Adopted by the Gloucester County Library Commission February 28, 2007
Revised October 22, 2008, April 2012