The Notarization Process
A New Mexico notary's commission is granted in four-year terms by the Secretary of State. Currently, our notaries have commissions expiring in the spring of 2018. In addition to the state's qualification requirements, each of our notaries must complete the National Notary Association's Notary Essentials certification course.
Certification of a Notary Public’s Acts (14-12A-22)
If a you require a certification of a Notary Public’s appointment, you should take or mail the document to the Secretary of State where a certificate will be prepared verifying that the Notary Public was duly appointed by the governor. The fee is $3.00 per certification.
The law requires that each notary posts a $10,000.00 surety bond. Go2Notary, LLC notaries each carry this bond, as well as $100,000.00 E&O insurance (Errors & Omissions). Contact us if you need to verify our Bond and E&O information.
Go2Notary, LLC is a registered limited liability company (LLC) in the state of New Mexico and is registered as a business operating in Rio Rancho, NM 87124. Our notaries/NSAs are NNA certified and have current-year background checks.
Go2Notary, LLC, as a matter of our policy and as specified in NMSA 14-12A-8A, cannot refuse to conduct a notarization based on your race, age,* gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, health or disability or status as a non-client or non-customer of the notary public or the notary public's employer.
Section 14-12A-8B(1) and (2) allows us to refuse a notarization if we have reason to believe that the notarial act is unlawful or prohibited; if there is an attempt to deceive or defraud (14-12A-13) or if the documents are improper because of a blank document or incomplete document or does not contain notarial wording (14-12A-12) and if you are not present, show compelling signs of not understanding what is being notarized and why, or exhibit signs of doing so unwillingly (14-12A-7B(1-4)). Lastly, a Notary Public cannot certify or authenticate a photograph or its reproduction (14-12A-12B).
According to 14-12A-2O(1), satisfactory evidence of identity is "at least one current document issued by a federal, state or tribal government agency bearing the photographic image of the person's face and signature and a physical description of the person, though a properly stamped passport without a physical description is acceptable". US state-issued driver's licenses or photo IDs and US military ID (service member or dependent) are the most common means of identification. Paragraph (2) allows for two credible witnesses attesting to the identity of the signer, but they must meet the requirements of (1).
A non-attorney Notary Public may not determine the type of notarial act if notarial wording is absent; cannot assist in drafting, completing, selecting or understanding a document; or otherwise provide legal advice (14-12A-15A-D). A Notary Public is not equivalent to a Notario Publico (14-12A-15E).
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* The legal age of consent for most matters is 18 years or older as a principal. Minors will need documents appointing a guardian, custodian or other representative agent unless emancipated by a court. Please consult an attorney first.
Tips for You Having the Best Mobile Notary Notarization Experience
You can access the full NM Notary Public Law (in PDF format) from the state's Web site. We highlight some important parts of the law for you below.
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