A Notary Public is a public officer appointed and commissioned by the Governor. Notarization is the official fraud-deterrent process that assures the parties of a transaction that a document is authentic, and can be trusted. It is a three-part process, performed by a Notary Public that includes vetting, certifying and record keeping.
Clerk’s Office Notary Services
The fee for this service is $10 per signature.
Notary services, for signatures only, are available at the following Clerk’s Office locations between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm (Call ahead to ensure availability of service):
- Criminal Justice Center
- Civil Courthouse
- Records Center
- Juvenile Justice Center
The parties whose signatures are to be notarized must come into the Clerk’s office in person, with
- A current government-issued photo ID,
- Must be at least 18 years of age,
- Must show the notary that they understand what they are signing and must be signing the document of their own free will,
- The notary must actually witness the signing of the document, and
- The document being signed cannot contain any blank information – if the information cannot be filled in, then “N/A’ must be written in those fields.
Clerk’s Office notaries are not authorized to notarize the following:
- Last Wills and Testaments
- Documents written in a language foreign to the notary
- Any document that appears to be incomplete
- Notarial or Apostille Certifications
How to locate a Commissioned Notary in Florida: Try the State’s search tool here.
What Florida State Statutes refer to Notary Commissions and Public Notaries: click here.
Federal Apostille Authentications for foreign apostille certifications: Go to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Office of Authentications’ site here.