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 . As such, according to Executive Order 455 (Mass. Register # 1001) issued in May 2004:
- A notary public is empowered to: administer oaths and affirmations; perform acknowledgments and jurats and witness signatures; issue summonses for witnesses and subpoenas; protest commercial papers; and be present at the removal of the contents of bank safe deposit boxes.
- A notary public may witness the signature on a document even if the document is intended to be used in another state. However, a Massachusetts notary public may witness the signature on a document only while he or she is physically present in Massachusetts at the time of the notarization. Massachusetts notaries public have no authority to conduct notarial acts outside of Massachusetts.
- Notaries public may not decline to notarize a document solely because a person is not conducting business with the notary public's employer. For example, if a notary public works in a bank, the notary public may not decline to notarize a document because a person is not a client of that bank.
- In no case may a notary public charge more than the statutory amount for performing a notarial act as set forth in Chapter 262, Section 41 of the General Laws
- The notary public must ask for and receive satisfactory evidence of identity (e.g. driver's license, passport)