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Notary Policy


Madison Public Library offers free (limited) Notary Public services for the benefit of the residents of our community.

Please call ahead to speak with a notary to confirm they are available when needed and to ensure the notary will be able to notarize the requested document to be signed.

-Valid photo identification is required of any customer seeking Notary service.

-Notaries cannot pre-date or post-date any action, prepare a legal document, give advice on legal matters, or Notarize documents in which they have a personal interest.

-The Library will not provide witnesses and witnesses may not be solicited from customers using the library. A witness must (previously) personally know the person needing the service of the Notary. This individual must also provide valid photo identification.

-The information must be clearly written. The Library Notary and the customer requesting Notary service must be able to clearly communicate directly with each other. Notaries are not permitted to make use of a translator to communicate from the customer requesting Notary services.

-Notary service is not available for Deeds, Wills, Power of Attorney, Living Wills, Living Trusts, Codicils or, Depositions.

-Certain public documents cannot be copied and/or Notarized such as Birth Certificates, Adoption Records and/or Marriage Licenses.

-Notaries will not provide service if the customer, the document or any circumstances of the request for Notary service raise any issue of authenticity, ambiguity, doubt or uncertainty for the Library.

Should a problem appear/occur, the library notary may at his/her sole discretion, decline to provide Notary service.