There are a few things that are critical for making your NY notary signing and/or NY apostille processing go smoothly:
1) The signer must be present when being notarized.
2) The signer must have ID that covers the names shown on the document.
3) You must have the document that is being notarized. A NY Notary is not permitted to draft documents or provide legal documents. We can however print the document for you that you email to us (see Pricing and Payment section).
4) The signer needs to be competent to sign and fully alert so they can prove they understand what he or she is signing. Nodding his or her head is not sufficient. If they cannot speak, they will need to be able to write out full sentence responses. We cannot notarize someone with Alzheimer’s, dementia, serious memory issues or someone on medication that makes the signer very drowsy. It may be necessary to go to court to be able to take over the signing responsibilities for someone if something such as a Power of Attorney cannot be notarized because of these issues.
1) We need to make sure you have the right type of document. For example, for a birth certificate or death certificate to receive an apostille, it must be a long-form birth certificate and you must have a Letter of Exemplification from the NYC Department of Health or Vitalchek.com.