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Business Services Division > Notary > Functions of a Notary > Official Notary Guide > General Information General Information

A Notary Public is an officer of the state, authorized by law to certify documents, take affidavits, and administer oaths. (Ind. Code 33-42-2-5) Notaries public are appointed for eight-year terms. (Ind. Code 33-42-2-1) A notary public has statewide jurisdiction but may not be compelled to act outside the limits of the county in which he/she resides.

Notarization serves to protect all parties involved in any manner or transaction by assuring the identity of each. Notaries are expected to be impartial, unbiased, and without financial interest in the documents they notarize.

The Notary Public must list the following:
Name exactly as listed on his/her Notary Commission Paper,
Printed or typed name under signature
Expiration date of notary commission
County of residence
Date notary is signing document to prove notary is active on date signed
Notary Public Seal

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