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FAQ
Notary Public

A Notary Public is an official of integrity appointed by state government —typically by the secretary of state — to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents. These official acts are called notarizations, or notarial acts. Notaries are publicly commissioned as “ministerial” officials, meaning that they are expected to follow written rules without the exercise of significant personal discretion, as would otherwise be the case with a “judicial” official.
A Notary's duty is to screen the signers of important documents — such as property deeds, wills and powers of attorney — for their true identity, their willingness to sign without duress or intimidation, and their awareness of the contents of the document or transaction. Some notarizations also require the Notary to put the signer under an oath, declaring under penalty of perjury that the information contained in a document is true and correct.
As official representatives of the state, Notaries Public certify the proper execution of many of the life-changing documents of private citizens — whether those diverse transactions convey real estate, grant powers of attorney, establish a prenuptial agreement, or perform the multitude of other activities that enable our civil society to function.

 

Apostille

An Apostille is the name for a specialized certificate, issued by the California Secretary of State. The Apostille is attached to your original document to verify it is legitimate and authentic so it will accepted in one of the other countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention.

Due to Covid the SOS Los Angeles is closed and can only be processed through the Sacramento Office by Mail.

Please call me to discuss your options and I can meet with you to pick up your documents to get the process started.

 

Loan Documents

A Notary Signing Agent is a Notary who has special expertise to handle and notarize loan documents.

For lenders, Notary Signing Agents are the critical final link to complete the loan. A Notary Signing Agent is hired as an independent contractor to ensure that real estate loan documents are executed by the borrower, notarized and returned for processing on time. Completing this critical part of the loan process enables the loan to be funded.

I handle Seller Packages, Purchases, Heloc, Refi Packages, Reverse, what ever type of loan you have, we have you covered.I am background screened, E&O insured and backed by a CA bond.

 

Fingerprinting 

 

Mobile LiveScan Services Now Available - Click on the LiveScan page.

I also perform traditional Ink card fingerprinting service used for both State & FBI submission.

Make sure to bring a valid identification for the fingerprinting and your application form.

For ink fingerprinting, I can provide the standard FBI Applicant FD-258 card free of charge.

Forms of ID Accepted:
• California Driver’s License or ID card
• US Military ID
• Passport
• Out of state Driver’s License of ID card
• Mexican Consulate card

*Minors not possessing a driver’s license can use a student body card as a form of ID.

 

Note

Please review all documents for the correct spelling of names and correct dates. Please complete all forms except signatures and notarized areas. Make sure to bring a valid identification for the signing.

 

Acceptable ID

Any one of the following Valid Identifications (providing they are current) are acceptable:
• California Driver’s License
• California Identification Card
• Two credible witness’s (for a person who does not have current ID)
• Mexico Driver’s license
• US Passport
• US Military ID Card
• Inmate ID Card
• Other State Driver’s License
• Other State Identification card
• Canada Driver’s License
• Foreign Passports stamped by USCIS

Notary Do's & Dont's

A notary public can:
• Attest documents and certify their execution for use in the USA and abroad
•Certify Powers of Attorney, contracts, deeds, wills and numerous other legal documents
• Administer oaths for local and international documents
• Witness signatures to statutory declarations, powers of attorney, affidavits, contracts and other legal documents
• Certify copy of documents for use in the US and abroad
A notary public cannot:
• Offer legal advice, or modify any terms on a document
• Notarize blank or incomplete documents
• Notarize signatures of people who are not present

 

Service Area

I come to you at your home, office, job site or any place that is most convenient for you.  

I primarily offer our coverage in and around San Diego County and also offer services in Chula Vista, Fallbrook, Ramona and Temecula.

Schedule an Appointment

• You can call or text Joel at 858.663.4468
• You can send a request via email to thenotaryknight@gmail.com
• Fill in the information on the Contact Page.

 

Payments

I accept cash, check, all major Credit/Debit Cards, Paypal, Venmo.  

I also have invoicing accounts for larger companies and repeat clients.