A notary public (sometimes called a notary or a public notary) is an individual authorized by state or local government to officially witness signatures on legal documents, collect sworn statements and administer oaths. He or she uses an embossing tool to verify his or her presence at the time the documents were signed.
Certain legal documents are required to be ‘notarized’ in order to be recognized in court, so a notary public spends most of his or her time observing routine signatures. Because identities are critical, someone in this position may also spend some time verifying the names of the parties involved in the signing. Generally, all parties provide some form of official identification (driver’s license, birth certificate, passport, etc.) in order for the notary public to feel comfortable about certifying the signatures.
We provide this service free of charge to all Miami Firefighters FCU members and no appointment is necessary. However, we recommend that you call us on the day you intend to arrive to make sure that a staff member will be available to assist you.