Loudoun County Public Library offers free notary services to its customers. Notary services are provided by appointment. Walk-in appointments may be taken, but it's best to call ahead to determine if a notary is available.
People seeking notarizations must bring with them their unsigned documents, valid photo identification, and any witnesses required. Photo IDs must be current and in a language the notary understands. If an ID is not familiar to the notary, the notary has the option to refuse acceptance.
Please be aware that LCPL notaries follow these guidelines:
- Notaries may decline to notarize a document if it is prepared in an unfamiliar format to the notary
- Notaries may decline to notarize a document if they are uncertain of the identity or mental capacity of the signer.
- Notarizations of wills and deeds are done solely at the discretion of the notary.
- Notaries will not notarize documents requiring verification of facts.
- Notaries do not act as authorized representatives for employers to verify employment eligibility.
- By law, Virginia notaries are not authorized to certify true copies of birth, death, or marriage certificates.
- Photo identification should be provided by all signers, even if the signer is “known.” Acceptable forms of ID include:
- United States passport
- United States passport card
- Certificate of United States citizenship
- Certificate of Naturalization
- Foreign passport
- Alien Registration Card with photograph
- State-issued Driver’s License
- State-issued Identification Card
- Uniformed Services Identification Card.
- Notaries may decline to notarize a document if it is in a language they are unable to read or understand.
- Notaries may not administer an oath to a non-English speaker.
A notary public is not duly trained or certified to practice law. Therefore, notaries are unable to provide assistance in prescribing or determining the particular document a customer may need; selecting the type of notarization or certificate for a given document; preparing a document or giving advice on how to fill out, draft, or complete a document; providing legal counseling or advice in a legal matter that may or may not involve a notarial act.