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Recently, the State of Washington passed SB 5081 which requires notary publics to keep a journal for all notarial acts. As of July 2018, Washington notary publics will also be required to store journals in a locked and secured area, which “must be under the Notary’s exclusive control.”

So why all these extra provisions and protections?

Storing details of a transaction or notarial act can help if the details of an event are challenged in court. These recorded details have also helped investigators arrest fraudulent signers who attempted to commit forgeries.

Clearly, the demand for notary publics in Washington is on the rise, and a properly executed notarial act is the key to more than simply making documentation official.

Before you access a Washington notary public, learn about what they can — and can’t — do.

Notary Agent’s Duties

Seattle Mobile Notaries & Notaries Throughout Washington

The Notary Public in Washington performs notarial acts that includes:

  • Taking acknowledgements
  • Administering oaths and affirmations
  • Witnessing or attesting to a signature (and the ID of the signer)
  • Certifying or attesting to the fact that a copy of a document is real
  • Executing “protests

In Washington, individuals can also apply for apostilles, which is an authentication issued to documents for use in countries abroad that also recognize apostilles. It essentially qualifies that the document is authentic.

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Notaries in Washington are now, of course, required by law to keep a record, also known as a journal. However, the format can be electronic, as long as the log is password-protected (or some other means of user authentication). They also need to:

  • Be tamper-evident;
  • Be in a format that allows for backing up
  • Be capable of providing copies of entries when necessary

Journal entries themselves will need to have the following information:

  • The date and time of the notarization
  • A description of the document
  • The type of notarization
  • The full name and address of the individual for whom the notarization was performed

And notaries must create these records when the actual notarial act is going on — not after.

To make things truly official, the Notary Public in Washington includes a seal on every document or “form”, as they’re better known. These certifications have their own forms and the seal impressions must appear on both physical as well as electronic notarial acts.

Notary publics in Washington can also perform online notarizations, which takes electronic signatures to the next level — whereas, prior to, you’d have to appear in person, now an individual’s identity can be verified via video/audio conferencing.

Need a Mobile Notary Public in Washington?

If you need a mobile notary in Washington, you’ll know by the language on your forms. At the end of the form, there should be a place for a notary’s signature and seal. Some documents call for a witness, and a notary can serve this purpose, too. Most documents and forms that are filed with the court require a notary.

  • Affidavits


  • Mortgage closing documents

    Mortgage closing documents

  • Wills


  • Designations of beneficiary

    Designations of beneficiary

  • Medical directives

    Medical directives

  • Affidavits of independent professional advice

    Affidavits of independent professional advice

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    Real estate documents

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    Structured settlements

  • Supporting

    Supporting documents for disability claims

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A Notary That Comes To You

As a service and an individual, the role of the Notary Public is in high demand in the State of Washington. In fact, many individuals are applying and being accepted to fulfill the task of a notary in Washington.

In fact, if you’re wondering where to find a notary, you should know that several individuals offer mobile notary services, where the benefit is that they come to you.

Superior Notary Services puts you in contact with these mobile units, ensuring you have access to a Notary Public in Washington, on-demand.

Whether you’re looking for an emergency document to be signed after regular business hours, or you’d like a notary public to come to you, contact us for professional and direct service.

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How it Works

Our easy-to-use services can be accessed in the comfort of your home or office through our four-step process.

  • Receive Signing Order 
  • Documents Sent to a Signing Agent
  • Updates Modifications & Confirmations 
  • Completion & Prompt Invoicing 

In Office Notary Fees

The fees a notary may charge are set by the State. The most common fee is $6 for a standard oath or affirmation and seal

Mobile Notary Fees

If you are looking for a one time service. we offer notary signing services in our office and mobile signing services across the United States. Our maximum fee for the mobile notary services in the US is $75


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There’s an experienced public notary near you in our nationwide notary affiliate network. Available on-demand, any time of the day and any day of the week, we are ready to come to your location to witness and execute your signing. Getting started is simple.

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