The two most popular acts a notary can perform are taking an acknowledgment and administering an oath.
Administering an oath is less complicated: the signers must go in person to the notary and sign in front of the notary. The notary is supposed to also ask them aloud something like "do you swear this document true and correct to the best of your knowledge", most states don't give exact wording. Some notaries have the signer raise his/her right hand.
Taking an acknowledgment means the signer indicates to the notary that he or she signed the document of his own free will because he or she wants to agree to whatever is written in the document. Again, no exact wording is required. One notary might ask "are you signing this of your own free will for the purposes written in the document"? Another notary might be satisfied with the signer saying "I want this notarized". For acknowledgments, the document can be signed ahead of time, but the signer must still go in person to the notary.
It is not necessary for all the signers go to the same notary at the same time. A person in Florida could take an oath before a notary, mail the document to Arizona, and a second signer could take the same oath before a different notary.
· 9 years ago