Morley Library offers free, limited notary services. Please contact us before you come to confirm that a notary is available.
- All persons signing the document must appear in person.
- Please bring a valid, government-issued photo ID and unsigned documents to be notarized. Documents must be signed in the presence of the notary in order to be valid (ORC Section 147).
- Please complete all information above the signature line completely.
- Patrons must bring their own witnesses, if needed. The library does not provide witnesses and witnesses may not be solicited from staff or customers using the Library.
- Documents to be notarized must be in English.
- Documents to be notarized must contain a Notary Public jurat or acknowledgement.
- The Library’s free notary service is intended for simple documents that do not require specialized expertise.
Documents we will not notarize:
- Real estate transactions including mortgage and housing refinance documents, including Quit Claim Deeds
- Employment eligibility verification, Homeland Security I-9 Form
- Auto titles without buyer address and name (state law requires this section be completed, regardless of circumstance). Seller must be present.
- Electronic notarizations
- Items where the notarization oath is not written in English (and no written English translation is provided).
Last Will and Testaments do not need to be notarized in Ohio. They do require two people to witness the testator’s (the person who is leaving the will) signature.
We reserve the right to refuse notarizing documents for any reason. We reserve the right to decline service in cases that raise any issue of authenticity, ambiguity, or doubt.
Note: In the State of Ohio, notaries cannot certify documents. We cannot certify copies of passports, driver’s licenses, birth certificates, marriages, death certificates, divorce, or naturalization certificates. Notaries can notarize a statement by the individual that a copy of a document is indeed a copy of the original document. This is not the same thing as a certified copy.
No legal advice or assistance filling out forms is provided. Please contact an attorney for legal advice.
Updated - May 21, 2021