Both a notary public and signature guarantee institution are authorized to witness and verify a signature, and then apply an official stamp to documents. You’ll need to bring proper identification and sign the documents in the presence of the official who will stamp the document.
A notary public is an individual with state certification to witness and authenticate a signature on many kinds of documents.
- Notaries typically use an official seal to authenticate deeds and other documents.
- A notary's duties apply to documents such as deeds, wills, powers of attorney and commercial transactions.
Signature guarantees are used for financial transactions most commonly related to selling or transferring securities. A signature-guarantee institution has federal authority to officially stamp documents.
- Authorization limit is $100,000 per transaction.
- A signature guarantee is sometimes required for the transfer of securities such as the sale or redemption of stocks or bonds.
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