An Arkansas mobile notary is a commissioned notary agent that travels to your desired location at a mutually agreed-upon time for offering on-the-spot mobile notary services. A mobile notary agent in Arkansas is authorized to notarize different types of legal documents, including wills, deeds, Powers of Attorney, jurats, real estate documents, oaths & affirmations, birth/death/marriage certificates, and much more. However, a notary public’s responsibilities go beyond witnessing signatures on legally binding documents. In this post, we will shed light on the duties and responsibilities of a mobile notary.
So here are a few things you should know about a mobile notary’s duties and responsibilities.
- A Third-Party Witness: A mobile notary acts as a third-party witness to the notarization process. They are authorized to validate all types of legal documents.
- Administration of Oath: The most common duty of a mobile notary in Arkansas is the administration of oaths during judicial proceedings or the assumption of a publicly official position. The individual taking an oath is legally liable for their statements and may face penalties if they are false.
- Documenting Records: Although mobile notary services are available throughout the United States, the laws governing notarization frequently differ from state to state. For example, some states require notaries public to keep a notary journal detailing all notarial acts. Though it may not be required in other states, it is, however, important to keep records for future reference.
- Identity Verification: A legal document can be acknowledged by a notary public only when each signer provides their identification proof. State-issued ID cards, Driver’s license, U.S. passports, or any other identity proof issued by a government agency that includes the signer’s full name, address, and photographs are the most common forms of IDs that mobile notaries use to verify this identity of the signer/signers. After showing up before the notary and proving their identity, each signer/signers must sign the document and acknowledge that they’re doing it willfully.
- The authenticity of the Legal Document: The legal document being signed and notarized must be original, which means it must be totally unsigned until being presented to the notary. Documents that include a photocopy of a signature are not eligible for notarization because they are not deemed original.
Here are a few more things that you should know about the role of an Arkansas mobile notary:
- A signer must be physically present before the mobile notary at the same venue where the notarial act is taking place.
- Also, the person signing must be personally known to the signatory, which usually requires the notary public to scrutinize a government-issued identity proof.
- When a witness seems unable to testify in court, a written statement mentioning the facts is sufficient. Nevertheless, such statements are deemed authentic only when signed and notarized by the notary public.
Last but not least, it is worth noting that a mobile notary is not a judicial official or an Attorney or lawyer that can provide clients with legal advice. A mobile notary, like a traditional notary public, can only offer limited or specific services. Though a licensed attorney can become a notary public, becoming a licensed notary public does not entitle an Attorney to offer legal advice or draft legal papers, or represent people on trial or in a judicial proceeding.