The Wharton Public Library offers free notary services for the benefit of Wharton residents and those who work in Wharton only. Proof of current residency is required. The following guidelines are followed in the provision of notary service:
Patrons seeking notary service should call the library at (973) 361-1333 to schedule an appointment.
Notary service is provided on a first-come, first served basis.
Valid photo of identification is required of any patron seeking notary service.
Notary service is limited to three documents per person per day.
The library will not provide witnesses and witnesses may not be solicited from patrons using the library. In order to serve as a witness, the witness must personally know the person whose document is being notarized and must be in possession of valid photo identification.
Foreign language documents cannot be notarized unless the notarial certificate itself is in English or the language the Notary reads and writes.
New Jersey law requires that a notary and the patron seeking notarization be able to communicate directly with each other. Library notaries are not permitted to make use of translator to communicate with a notary service costumer.
Certain public documents cannot be copied and notarized. Examples of these are: birth certificate, death certificates and marriage certificates.
In accordance with NJ notarial law, notaries will not provide service if the customer, document or circumstances raise any issue of authenticity, ambiguity, or doubt. The library notary may, at her sole discretion, decline to provide notary service.
Documents must be complete and must be signed in the presence of the notary.
Original documents such as passports, birth certificates, marriage licenses, etc. cannot be notarized.
Notary service is not available for deeds, real-estate closings, wills, living wills, living trusts, codicils, or depositions.
Adopted by the Wharton Public Library Board of Trustees, August 19, 2014 Amended: December 15, 2020