Notary Services

USLS offers notary services to students, staff/faculty, and the community. We provide these services on a walk-in basis with the exception of the I-9 Employment Verification form, which requires an appointment.

 

Common Notarial Acts and What to Expect

 

Acknowledgements, Signature Witnessings, and Jurats

For documents that require notarization, the notary will first verify your identity and determine that you are willfully signing the document. You will sign the document in front of the notary and he/she will complete the notary certificate.
 
Examples: Power of Attorney forms, affidavits, absentee ballots, etc.

 

Copy Certifications

For certifying or attesting documents, the notary will first verify your identity and determine that you are the custodian (owner) of the presented documents*. The notary will make copies of the original documents and will complete the notary certificate.
 
Examples: Passports, Driver’s Licenses, I-20s, etc.
 
*If you prefer to prepare your own copies, you must bring in the original document so the notary can determine whether the photocopy is an accurate reproduction.

 

What to Bring

  • Government Issued Identification or Photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.)
  • Unsigned Documents to be notarized
  • Original Documents (if you are requesting certified copies)

 

Other Information

Minnesota Notaries that are not attorneys cannot provide legal advice or assist with completing legal forms. There are several Minnesota Statutes that affect notarial acts, including Chapters 357, 358, 359, and 609. For more information about Minnesota Notaries, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website.

If you have questions about our notary services, send us an email at usls@umn.edu or call (612) 624-1001.