WHAT IS A NOTARY PUBLIC?
A  notary public is a person of proven integrity, appointed and  commissioned by State government as a public officer whose function is  to perform notarial acts as an impartial witness, verifying that a  person is who he or she claims to be, and that the person is in the  presence of the notary.
A notary public verifies  the identity of the signer, and that they are signing knowingly and  willingly. This process helps deter the fraudulent execution of  documents.
A notary will ask a signer for a  document such as a driver’s license or government-issued identification  card that includes a photograph, signature and some information  describing the person.
A notary public can only  witness the signing of the documents, not assist or prepare any  documents. The duty of the notary public is to verify the identity of  the signer. The notary public’s position is an impartial witness to the  signing.
A notary public may refuse to perform a  notarization if he or she cannot be certain of a prospective signer’s  identity, willingness, or understanding of what is happening at that  moment. In addition, a notary may not notarize a document in which he or  she has a financial interest.
A notary public may not certify documents. A notary public cannot give legal advise or perform duties of an attorney.