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Notary Services


Most CRRL locations offer simple notary services to our customers as a free public service. Our notaries staff the research desk and must give priority to customers needing research help, so there could be a wait for notary services. It is best to call ahead to determine if a notary is on duty. 

People seeking notarizations must bring with them their unsigned documents, valid photo identification, and any witnesses required.

Please be aware that CRRL notaries follow these guidelines:

•           Notaries may decline to notarize a document if it is prepared in a format unfamiliar to the notary, or they cannot be certain of  the identity or mental capacity of the signer. 

•           Notarizations of wills, deeds and instruments that “verify facts” will be solely at the discretion of the notary.

•           By law, Virginia notaries are not authorized to certify true copies of birth, death, or marriage certificates.

•           Photo identification should be provided by all signers, even if the signer is “known.”  Acceptable forms of ID are: a United States Passport, a certificate of United States citizenship, a certificate of naturalization, an unexpired foreign passport, an alien registration card with photograph, a state issued driver’s license, state­ issued identification card, or a United States military card. Photo IDs should be current and written in a language the notary understands.  If an ID is not familiar to the notary, the notary has the option to refuse acceptance.

•           Notaries may not administer an oath to a non-English speaker.  

If we are unable to provide notary services for you, we can supply a list of other notaries in the area.