Notary

Richmond 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 notarization 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 RPL 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.
  • Notarization 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 at least one of the following:

  • 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.

View the full policy here.