Notary Services

Notary stamping a document


Loudoun County Public Library offers limited, free notary services to its customers. Notary services are provided by appointment at all locations. Use the calendar to schedule an appointment and be sure to read the information about our notary service below.


Customers seeking notarizations must bring:

  • Unsigned documents to be notarized
  • Originals of any documents to be copied and notarized:
    • Notaries can only notarize certified copies made by library staff.
  • Valid photo identification:
    • 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.
  • Any witnesses required:
    • Library staff cannot serve as witnesses. Customers are not allowed to ask other library patrons to serve as their witnesses.
    • In order to serve as a witness, the witness must be personally known to the individual whose documents are being notarized.
    • All witnesses must bring valid photo identification as described above.


Notaries will NOT be able to notarize the following documents:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Gun sales
  • Deeds
  • Real estate transactions
  • Titles
  • I-9 forms
  • Depositions
  • Any documents requiring verification of facts
  • Any documents in other languages than English
  • Post- or pre-dated documents
  • True copies of birth, death, or marriage certificates, which—by law—Virginia notaries are not authorized to certify


Please be aware that LCPL notaries follow these guidelines:

  • Notaries may decline to notarize unfamiliar documents or any notarization that would exceed the appointment parameters.
  • Notaries may decline to notarize a document if they are uncertain of the identity or mental capacity of the signer.
  • Notaries do not act as authorized representatives for employers to verify employment eligibility (specifically, USCS Form I-9).
  • 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 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.