Proper Practice: Protect Them, Protect YourselfA notary holds an important public office and public trust. The notary serves the citizen or business by insuring the validity of signatures on documents and transactions. At the same time, the notary protects his or her own interests by avoiding liability for a financial loss which might result from improper practice.
Frequently Asked QuestionsVisit our Notary Public Practice FAQs to find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about notary practice.
Using the Notary Public HandbookThe Notary Public Handbook is a printed publication provided to each notary at the time the commission is issued. It is intended as a guide for all West Virginia notaries.
The handbook includes both the rules for practice and the standard acceptable acknowledgement and oath forms used for most documents.
Often, a notary will be presented with a document already prepared with an acknowledgement or oath form typed for the notary to simply fill out and sign. However, if the proper form has not been provided on the document, it is the notary's duty to add text of the acknowledgement or oath.
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