Notary Public Responsibilities

What Can A Notary Public Do

A notary public is a public servant performing a public duty. As such, according to Executive Order No. 455 (May, 2004);

  • A notary public is empowered to: administer oaths and affirmations; perform acknowledgments and jurats and witness signatures; issue subpoenas; protest commercial papers; and be present at the removal of the contents of bank safe deposit boxes.
  • A notary public may witness documents for use in Massachusetts and in other states. However, a notary public may only witness documents so long as he or she is physically present in Massachusetts at the time of the notarization.
  • Notaries public cannot decline to notarize a document solely because a person is not conducting business at the notary public’s employer. For example, if the notary public works in a bank, the notary public cannot decline to notarize a document because a person is not a client of that bank.
  • In no case may a notary public charge more than the statutory amount for performing a notarization.
  • The notary public must ask for and receive satisfactory evidence of identity (e.g. driver’s license, passport)

Tewksbury MA Notary Public

Notary Services In Tewksbury MA:

Acknowledgment” shall mean a notarial act in which an individual, at a single time and place:

  • appears in person before the notary public and presents a document;
  • is identified by the notary public through satisfactory evidence of identity; and
  • indicates to the notary public that the signature on the document was voluntarily affixed by the individual for the purposes stated within the document and, if applicable, that the individual had authority to sign in a particular representative capacity.

Affirmation” shall mean a notarial act, or part thereof, that is legally equivalent to an oath in which an individual, at a single time and place:

  • appears in person before the notary public;
  • is identified by the notary public through satisfactory evidence of identity; and
  • makes a vow of truthfulness or fidelity under the pains and penalties of perjury without invoking a deity.

Copy certification” shall mean a notarial act in which a notary public:

  • (a) is presented with a document;
  • (b) copies or supervises the copying of the document using a photographic or electronic copying process;
  • (c) compares the document to the copy; and
  • (d) determines that the copy is accurate and complete.

“Credible witness” means an honest, reliable, and impartial person who personally knows an individual appearing before a notary and takes an oath or affirmation from the notary to vouch for that individual’s identity.

Journal of notarial acts” or “journal” shall mean a permanently bound book that creates and preserves a chronological record of notarization performed by a notary public.

Jurat” means a notarial act in which an individual, at a single time and place:

  • (a) appears in person before the notary public and presents a document;
  • (b) is identified by the notary public through satisfactory evidence of identity;
  • (c) signs the document in the presence of the notary public; and
  • (d) takes an oath or affirmation before the notary vouching for the truthfulness or accuracy of the signed document.

Notarial act” and “notarization” shall mean any act that a notary public is empowered to perform under this executive order.

Notary public” or “notary” shall mean any person commissioned to perform official acts pursuant to Article IV of the Articles of Amendment of the Massachusetts Constitution.

Oath” shall mean a notarial act, or part thereof, which is legally equivalent to an affirmation, and in which an individual, at a single time and place:

  • (a) appears in person before the notary;
  • (b) is identified by the notary through satisfactory evidence of identity; and
  • (c) makes a vow of truthfulness or fidelity under the pains and penalties of perjury by invoking a deity.

Official misconduct” shall mean:

(a) a notary’s performance of any act prohibited, or failure to perform any act mandated, by this executive order, or by any other law, in connection with a notarial act.

Where Is The Nearest Notary Public To Me

Neighborhood Parcel of Tewksbury MA, has a notary public on staff Mon – Saturday, appointments are recommended. If you live in Andover MA, Tewksbury MA, Dracut MA, Chelmsford MA, Dracut MA and Billerica MA, Call (978)851-0199 to schedule an appointment.


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