There are over 100,000 notaries public in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.Here are some helpful tips for finding a notary:
Common Places to Look for a Notary
- City and town halls
- Law offices
- Insurance companies
- Drug stores and pharmacies
- In the phone book under "Notary Public"
If you would like contact information for a specific notary public, you may contact the Public Records Division in the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office and request that information.
Public Records Division: (617) 727-2836
Responsibilities of a Notary Public
A notary public is a public servant performing a public duty and must comply with chapter 222 as amended by chapter 289 of the acts of 2016 .
A notary public may perform the following notarial acts: (i) acknowledgments; (ii) oaths and affirmations; (iii) jurats; (iv) signature witnessings; (v) copy certifications; (vi) issuing summonses for witnesses pursuant to section 1 of chapter 233; (vii) issuing subpoenas; and (viii) witnessing the opening of a bank safe, vault or box pursuant to section 32 of chapter 167.
A notary public shall not refuse to perform a notarial act solely based on the principal's race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, health, disability or status as a nonclient or noncustomer of the notary public or the notary public’s employer.
A notary public must ask for and receive satisfactory evidence of identity. This means identification of an individual based on: (i) at least 1 current document issued by a federal or state government agency bearing the photographic image of the individual’s face and signature; (ii) the oath or affirmation of a credible witness unaffected by the document or transaction who is personally known to the notary public and who personally knows the individual; or (iii) identification of an individual based on the notary public's personal knowledge of the identity of the principal; provided, however, that for a person who is not a United States citizen, "satisfactory evidence of identity" shall mean identification of an individual based on a valid passport or other government-issued document evidencing the individual's nationality or residence and which bears a photographic image of the individual's face and signature.