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

  1. City and town halls
  2. Courts
  3. Banks
  4. Law offices
  5. Insurance companies
  6. Drug stores and pharmacies
  7. 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  docx format of ch. 222 as amended by ch 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.