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 . As such, according to Executive Order 455 (Mass. Register # 1001)  pdf format of 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)