REQUIREMENTS FOR NOTARIZATION
In order to have a traditional notarization performed, certain requirements must be met pursuant to New Jersey Statutes.
1. The signer of the document must PERSONALLY APPEAR before the notary to present the document.
2. The signer must produce VALID IDENTIFICATION which is current or has been issued within the past five (5) years, and which bears a serial number. The acceptable forms of identification are as follows:
• U.S. driver license or state identification card
• U.S. passport
• Foreign passport (only if stamped by the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship & Immigration Services)
• Canadian or Mexican driver license (or an identification card issued by an agency authorized to issue driver licenses in Canada or Mexico)
• U.S. Armed Forces identification card
• A "green card" or any identification card issued by the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship & Immigration Services
3. The document must contain a printed notarial certificate, or the signer must direct the notary to attach a certificate. In most cases, the notary can not determine which type of certificate is necessary. The signer should select one of the following:
• An acknowledgment --- a declaration by the signer that he executed the document as his voluntary act and deed.
• An oath or affirmation --- a sworn declaration by the signer that the contents of the document are true and correct; the signer must swear to the document's contents and sign in the notary's presence.