The Notarization Process

Customers frequently come into the Business Center with a document that requires a notarization and contains a witness signature line. I am frequently asked when performing a notarization if I can serve as both the notary and witness. The answer to this question is yes!

According to the PA Association of Notaries (www.notary.org/), of which I am a member, a Notary Public can in fact witness as well as notarize a signature as long as the witness signature does not require that it also be notarized. On most documents, this is the case, the witness signature does require notarization. If you have any questions or doubts, please call in advance and I can assist with a clarification as to how to proceed.

The next most common question is whether I can perform Title Transfers and other related Motor Vehicle and Driver Licensing Services. The answer is less straight forward. The PA Association of Notaries Practical Guide states, “In addition to providing basic notarial service to anyone who requests it, you may apply for authorization from PennDOT to offer more specialized vehicle and driver licensing services. Although you can do a lot of motor vehicle work as a notary, there are some limits to what you can do. For example, you cannot transfer registration plates or issue temporary registration cards or Plates (T-plates) or order controlled forms. You can do these things only if you apply for and receive authorization as an issuing agent from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV.)”

It may be the case that I am able to assist you with your Motor Vehicle forms, but I cannot transfer titles or issue T-plates. To determine if I can assist you in advance of arriving, please call and inquire. If I cannot assist you, I have several referrals to individuals or firms who can.