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Henika District Library will be offering notary services beginning February 2nd, 2024! Appointments are strongly encouraged as we cannot always guarantee that a commissioned notary will be on staff at all times or that they will be available to perform the task. There are some documents that the library will not notarize, see exclusions below. Services are provided free of charge.

View our full Notary Policy here.

Notary Services FAQ

Q: How much does it cost?

  • A: We offer our notary services free of charge, however you are welcome to make a donation to the library if you wish.

Q: Can I get something notarized as a walk-in?

  • A: Appointments are strongly encouraged as the library cannot always guarantee that a commissioned notary will be on staff at all times or that they will be available to perform the task. If you do not have an appointment, we recommend that you call ahead to verify a notary is present and available.

Q: What should I bring with me when I get something notarized?

  • A: You must bring:

    • The completed, unsigned, document(s) to be notarized.

    • A valid, unexpired state ID, federal ID, or other government ID with signature and photo (accepted forms of ID include: driver’s license, state ID card, US military ID, or US passport)

    • A witness, if required, who must personally know the person whose documents are being notarized, and who can provide valid photo identification.

Q: What documents will you not notarize?

  • A: Documents the Henika District Library WILL NOT notarize:

    • Homeland Security I-9 Forms

    • Real estate documents, such as closing documents, mortgages, and deeds

    • Trust and estate planning documents such as trusts, living wills, wills, codicils,

    • Documents written in any language other than English

    • HDL cannot “certify a copy” (e.g., verify that a reproduction of an original is a true, complete, and correct copy of the original)

    • Notaries cannot certify or notarize that a document/record is an original or true copy of another record, including birth certificates, death certificates, adoption records, or marriage licenses.  In Michigan, a notary can only acknowledge the signature of the issuer or holder (person on the document) making a true copy statement on, or attached to, the document.

    • The notaries retain the right to refer patrons elsewhere if they doubt the validity of the document(s) they are being asked to notarize or are uncomfortable with the person or persons signing the document(s)

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