A Notary must be satisfied as to a clients identity, that his client has sufficient capacity and authority to enter into a proposed transaction and that he or she understands the nature of the transaction itself.
When you attend your appointment, please bring with you evidence of your identity. I will need to see your current valid passport if you have one. If not I will need to see other photographic evidence of your identity such as your driving licence. I will also need proof of your current address for example a recent utility or Council Tax bill or bank statement. These must be less three months old.
It will be helpful to enable me to assist you effectively if you can email to me any documents that need to be notarised so that I can check the type of transaction concerned and advise you of the exact requirements and indeed provide you with a an estimate for the costs involved and the likely timescale.
Finally, can you please forward on to me any instructions which have been given by the lawyer who prepared the document for you. This is because there may be requirements about signing each page or other specific requirements of the country in which the document will be used.
Where a document is being executed by or on behalf of a Company the Notary will need to satisfy himself not only of the identity of the parties but also of their status and capacity to represent the Company, as well as the unique attributes identifying the Company itself.
Evidence of status of the Company and of the signatory in Company matters will be a Company Search or relevant extract such as the Annual Return to Companies House, and a certified copy Board Minute where appropriate, together with the Memorandum & Articles of Association to verify the extent of powers.
Notary Public in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire