The Ruby B. Archie Public Library offers notary services; the fee is $2 per official signature.
Patrons are strongly encouraged to call prior to visiting the library. Services are subject to staff availability. Walk-in or same-day service is not guaranteed. Appointments are available from 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
For more information or to set up an appointment, call (434) 799-5195.
Please review the following information prior to scheduling your appointment.
Patrons seeking notarizations must bring:
- Unsigned documents to be notarized
- Documents must contain a notary public acknowledgement and/or signature line
- Valid photo identification for all signing parties
- Photo IDs must be current and in a language the notary understands. If an ID is not familiar to the notary, the notary has the option to refuse acceptance.
- Any witnesses required
- Library staff or patrons cannot serve as witnesses
- In order to serve as a witness, the witness must be personally known to the individual whose documents are being notarized
- All witnesses must bring valid photo identification
Notaries will NOT
- Notarize copies of any kind
- Notarize birth, marriage, or death certificates
- Perform marriages or any other act that constitutes the practice of law
- Pre-date or post-date an action, prepare a legal document or give advice on legal matters, or notarize documents in which they have a personal interest
- Notarize documents in a language they do not understand
Please be aware that Ruby B. Archie Public Library notaries follow these guidelines:
- Notaries may decline to notarize unfamiliar documents or any notarization that would exceed the appointment parameters
- Notaries may decline to notarize a document if they are uncertain of the identity or mental capacity of the signer
A notary public is not duly trained or certified to practice law. Therefore, notaries are unable to provide assistance in prescribing or determining the particular document a customer may need; selecting the type of notarization or certificate for a given document; preparing a document or giving advice on how to fill out, draft, or complete a document; providing legal counseling or advice in a legal matter that may or may not involve a notarial act.
A library notary may refuse to notarize a document for any reason.