In Florida, a notary is a public officer who has been given legal authority, by the Governor of state, to perform specific legal formalities
Florida law allows Notaries to perform 6 main duties;
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Administering Oaths or Affirmations and Taking Acknowledgements
Notary publics are allowed to administer oaths and make the necessary certificate if it is necessary for the execution of any document or writing to be published under the seal of a notary public. However, Florida law only allows notaries to administer oaths with regard to affidavits, applications, depositions and vehicle identification number verification among others
Notaries in Florida are also authorized to take the acknowledgement of deeds, and other writings for record. .However, they are not allowed to take an acknowledgement instead of an oath when an oath is required.
Florida is one among the only three states where notaries are allowed to perform marriage ceremonies. The process starts with the couple obtaining a valid Florida marriage license from a county court judge or clerk of the circuit court and presenting it to a notary before the marriage ceremony. The Notary then solemnizes the marriage and makes a certificate on the appropriate portion of the marriage license and returning it to the office of the county court judge or clerk of the circuit court which issued the license within 10 days of solemnizing the marriage. However, a notary is only allowed to solemnize a marriage within the boundaries of Florida.
Attesting to Photocopies of Original Documents
Notaries are also allowed to supervise the photocopying of original documents and attesting to the trueness of the copy. However this authority is only limited to certain types of documents and does not cover the photocopies of documents that are vital state records, or vital records of another territory of the United States or a foreign country. In addition to that, notaries may not attest photocopies of a public record if the copy can be made by the custodian of the public record.
This means that notaries cannot attest to copies of birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, professional licenses issued by the state of Florida and student records kept in public education offices among others.
Certifying Contents of Safe-Deposit Boxes
According to Florida law, a financial institution may open a safe-deposit box if the rental fee is past due, as long as proper notice has been given and other conditions are met.
The law also authorizes notaries to be present for the opening of the safe-deposit box, to develop an inventory of the contents of the box and make an appropriate certificate of the opening.
However, notaries are not required to estimate the value of the contents.
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