Notary Services

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.