Another Notary Public snafu that sometimes will occur happens when a signer presents you, the notary, with a birth certificate, transcript or other record and says, “This must be notarized.” In the same manner, they might say, “A copy of this needs to be notarized.” Notaries of South Carolina know that we CANNOT notarize a birth certificate nor photocopy of identification. What we CAN notarize is a Jurat or Statement from the Affiant that they are the individual named within the document. Please be careful in what you sign off on, as it could cost you your notary commission!
On, Wednesday, January 22, 2015, an affidavit of this type was signed and notarized by Certified Notary Public Sonita M. Leak at the FedEx Copy and Print Center located at 550 Woods Lake Rd., Greenville, SC 29607. Thank you to the local resident who remained patient as the process of why we did what we did was explained.