Tampa Notary services are available to our members and the general public. Walk-in Notary services are available Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5 pm, and evenings and weekends by appointment. Please call us at (813) 350-7800 to arrange a notary. Legal paperwork, weddings, mortgage signings, and more.
What is a Notary?
A Notary Public is an official of integrity appointed by state government—typically by the secretary of state — to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents. These official acts are called notarizations or notarial acts. Notaries are publicly commissioned as “ministerial” officials, meaning that they are expected to follow written rules without the exercise of significant personal discretion, as would be the case with a “judicial” official.
It is the foremost duty of a Notary to screen the signers of particularly sensitive instruments — such as property deeds, wills and powers of attorney — for their true identity, their willingness to sign without duress or intimidation, and their awareness of the general import of the document. Some notarizations also require the Notary to put the signer under an oath declaring under penalty of perjury that the information contained in a document is true and correct.
Impartiality is the byword of the Notary office and the foundation of its public trust. Notaries are duty-bound not to act in situations where they have a personal interest. The public trusts that the Notary’s critical screening tasks have not been corrupted by self-interest. And impartiality dictates that a Notary never refuse to serve a person due to race, nationality, religion, politics, sexual orientation or status as a non-customer.
As official representatives of the state, Notaries Public certify the proper execution of many of the life-changing documents of private citizens — whether those diverse transactions convey real estate, grant powers of attorney, establish a prenuptial agreement, or perform the multitude of other activities that enable our civil society to function.
In this modern era when business transactions between complete strangers are the norm rather than the exception, Notaries engender a trust that the critical signed documents we rely on are authentic. Such trust enables the sensitive documents of commerce and law to be exchanged between strangers with full confidence in their reliability.
At least two staff members of On Point Executive Center hold notarial status and can assist you with Notary services.
Did you know that in the state of Florida a Notary can perform a wedding?
In Florida, Notary Publics are allowed to complete the following tasks:
• Verify signatures on identification, documents
• Administer oaths
• Attest to a photocopy of a document
• Acknowledge legally-binding documents
• Certify the contents of Bank Safe Deposit Boxes
• Check vehicle identification numbers
• Perform weddings in the state of Florida
Notary Publics are primarily responsible for overseeing the signing of sensitive instruments — such as marriage licenses, property deeds, wills and powers of attorney — and ensuring that all parties understand the document in question and are providing their signature without coercion. As official representatives of the state, notaries public certify the execution of many of the life-changing documents of private citizens — whether those diverse transactions convey real estate, grant powers of attorney, establish a prenuptial agreement, or perform the multitude of other activities that enables civil society in Florida to function.
Rules Notary Publics abide by:
• Make it clear that they are not able to provide advice on legal matters.
• They can ask signers to take an oath and swear under penalty of perjury that to the extent of their knowledge, the information contained in a document is correct.
• Stay impartial. Notaries cannot refuse to serve a person due to race, nationality, religion, politics, sexual orientation or status as a non-customer.
If documents are written in a language that the Notary Public doesn't understand, they are are allowed to deny a notarial act to the signer. Refusal to complete the act protects his or her ability to remain impartial.
Nowadays, business transactions between complete strangers are the norm rather than the exception, so it is essential for professionals to use a notary to ensure that the legitimacy of important documents cannot be challenged. This allows parties to sign legal documents with full confidence in their reliability.
How do On Point Notaries ensure such protections?
Whenever anyone visits a Notary, he or she is required to bring along photo identification like a Florida driver's license or United States passport. These forms of identification can be used to double-check that the signatures on these documents match. To provide a thorough record of each signing, notaries at On Point typically take down the following information:
1. Fee that was charged for the notarization, which is typically $10 per stamp.
2. Personal notes on the dated incident.
3. Signature, printed name and address of every person involved with the notarial act.
4. Date and type of notarial act.
5. A description of the document that was signed and had a notary seal.
6. Where the notarization was performed.
7. Type of identification provided for notarial act or,
8. Statement that the notary public personally knew the person.
In Florida, Notaries are required to complete educational courses to become certified, you can trust that the notaries at On Point Executive Center are trained to discharge their responsibilities consistently and ensure that any important documents you need notarized will hold up to scrutiny.
Continued education is available for any Notary who would like to become a Notary Signing Agent (NSA). A NSA is a Notary specifically trained to facilitate mortgage signings and are a valuable asset to oversee loan signings for lenders, title companies and signing services.
On Point Executive Notaries have completed this specialized training and how to easily interpret and explain complex mortgage signing documents. We are industry-required background screened and are enabled to work for major title services organizations.
Call On Point Executive Center to notarize your documents. (813) 350-7800