Notary Frequently Asked Questions

Laws that govern notary services vary from state to state.  Some common questions and answers apply to most situations. Not all regulations are universal so be sure to research your state for specific local requirements. 

When you are ready give us a call we are hear to serve when you need us. Eliminate the hassle, save time  by working with D. Shephard Notary services.

What forms of identification are acceptable?

A variety of documents are acceptable. Valid state issues driver’s license and IDs, passport, military id      is always acceptable.  

No ID. No problem, there are state approved processes in place if you do not have a valid form of identification. Be sure to inform your notary of your situation prior to your appointment.


What are your hours of operation?

At D. Shephard Notary we understand that life happens. We are available 24/7.

Here when you need us.


What forms of payment are acceptable for your business?

We accept a variety of payment options. We accept credit cards, cash, checks and digital payment forms such as Apple pay and Zelle. Billing can be arranged for business customers.


Can a Notary provide legal advice or prepare documents?

No. All states prohibit non-attorneys from providing legal advice or prepare documents (practicing law). A notary can be held liable for any damages resulting from any incorrectly chosen certificate or notarizations.


Can any document be notarized?

A notary can notarize any written document that meets the general requirements. These requirements include completing a notarial certificate and checking identification. There are some exceptions:

A notary cannot make a certified copy of a vital record. You must get copies from the government agency that issued the certificate.  D. Shephard Notary services provides Apostille services to assist clients in retrieving vital information from government agencies.


Does notarization mean that a document is True or Legal?

No. Notaries are not responsible for the accuracy or legality of the document they notarize. Notaries certify the identity of signers. It is the responsibility of the signer to ensure that the content is valid or legal.


 What is a Notary Public?

A Notary Public is an official of integrity appointed by the state to serve the public as an impartial witness.

A notary’s duty is to screen signers of important documents for their identity, willingness to sign without duress or intimidation and their awareness of the contents.


Where do you provide notary services?

We will come to you to a place that is convenient for you. This can be your home or office, a local restaurant, hospital, or nursing home.  D. Shephard Notary services focus on providing prompt and convenient services that are convenient to your needs.