Hartland Township provides notary public service at no charge to residents, taxpayers and business owners. Please call ahead to make an appointment. A Notary is actually witnessing you sign a document, so please DO NOT SIGN your documents until the Notary advises you to do so.
What is a Notary Public?
A Notary Public is a public servant appointed by state government to witness the signing of important documents and administer oaths.
Why are documents notarized?
Documents are notarized to deter fraud and to ensure they are properly executed. An impartial witness (the Notary) identifies signers to screen out impostors and to make sure they have entered into agreements knowingly and willingly.
How does a Notary identify a signer?
Generally, the Notary will ask to see a current identification document or card with a photograph, physical description and signature. A driver's license, military ID or passport will usually be acceptable.
Is notarization required by law?
For many documents, yes. Certain affidavits, deeds and powers of attorney may not be legally binding unless they are properly notarized.
With other documents, no. Private entities and individuals may require notarization to strengthen the document and to protect it from fraud.
Does notarization make a document "true" or "legal"?
No. A notarization typically means the signer acknowledged to the Notary that he or she signed the document or vouched under oath or affirmation that the contents of the document were true.