Notary Services Guidelines
The Town Clerk’s office provides Notary services as a courtesy. Residents seeking Notary Services should call the Town Clerk’s office prior to their visit to ensure that the Notary is available.
The following guidelines will be followed in the provision of Notary Service:
- Notary Services are available during regular business hours.
- A valid, governmental-issued photo identification is required of any customer seeking Notary services.
- The document(s) CANNOT already have been signed nor dated. The Notary is stating they have witnessed the document being signed.
- All signers must be present at the time of notarizing.
- If your document requires a witness(s), they must accompany you.
- The document must contain the appropriate Notarial Statement or Clause, or one will be stamped on the document by the Notary.
- Because we are not experts in law or finance, we are unable to notarize some documents including copy certifications, powers of attorney, wills, trust, real estate transactions, and various types of financial documents.
- Certain public documents cannot be copies and notarized. Examples of these are birth, marriage, and death certificates.
- Massachusetts law requires that a Notary and the person seeking notarization be able to communicate directly with each other.
- In accordance with Massachusetts Notarial Law, Notaries will not provide service if the customer, document, or circumstances of the request for Notary service raise any issue of authenticity, ambiguity, doubt, or uncertainty. In this event, the Notary may, at his/her sole discretion, decline to provide Notary services.
Please call-in advance to verify that your document can be notarized at the Town Clerk’s office.