Oregon Notary Acknowledgement

Getting an official form or document right is half the battle. In many cases, the paper also needs to be certified by a qualified notary. This is called notary acknowledgment and is not uncommon in Oregon.

You can certify not just documents required by law, but you can also do so with other papers. People opt for this procedure for their peace of mind and to gain more confidence that the authenticity of their documents will not raise questions.

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Below, we will discuss the laws governing notary acknowledgment and how to get it for your legal papers. Use our step-by-step guide to quickly find the right professional and successfully complete authentication.

Oregon Notary Laws and Resources

The law provides for several short forms that notaries use in their work. The printable notary forms are provided for various cases, for instance, for:

  • Individual capacity
  • Representative capacity
  • Witnessing or attesting a signature
  • Verification on oath or affirmation
  • Certifying or attesting a copy of a record

You can find them in ORS 194.285. For other examples, see the State of Oregon Notarial Certificate.

Notary Guide

This is a special handbook for notaries. The State of Oregon Notary Public Guide contains:

  • Code of Laws and Rules for Notaries
  • List of their responsibilities
  • State policy and common sense guidelines
  • Notary fees
  • Instructions
  • And a lot of other useful information that notaries are obliged to use in their work

How to Find a Notary

You can use an internet search to find a notary near you. Specialists can be found at UPS stores and local banks like US Bank. Also, you can search for Private Notary Services.

Unfortunately, Oregon lacks a platform that can be used to verify a notary. But you can use the search on 123Notary.com. The platform provides search across various categories—you can search by city, county, zip code, alphabetical order, or use advanced search.

Remote Notarization

Remote online notarization is available in Oregon starting from June 15, 2021. This was made possible by the adoption of Senate Bill 765.

Using the online service, you can get notary services without leaving your home. You will need to use video/audio technology and find an online notary. Remarkably, you may even be out of state.

Not all notaries can do business online. They must undergo special training to get the opportunity to work at the platform.

How to Notarize a Document in Oregon

We will tell you how to successfully certify your document with a notary in Oregon in just a few steps.

1. Find a Specialist

To find a notary that meets your requirements, use the search tools that we presented to you at the top of the article.

2. Make an Appointment

Make an appointment with a notary and find out the fee amount that you will need to pay for notarizing your document.

3. Prepare Documents

You will need to provide the notary with the completed documents. Remember to check them again. Only the field with signatures can be empty.

4. Identify Yourself

All signers must prove their identity. Usually, a document with a photograph is used for this. But you can also bring a witness with you who can confirm your identity. However, the notary must be confident in your witness.

5. Sign the Document

If your paper has not been signed yet, you can do it right in front of the notary. Otherwise, the notary will check the authenticity of the already standing signatures.

6. Receive Documents

After that, the specialist will independently fill in a notary acknowledgment. The notary will write:

  • Their name and signature
  • Date
  • Official stamp or seal

After completing this part, the notary will return all documents to you.

Published: Jul 8, 2022