The signature of a Notary Public is often required on financial or legal documents. Notary Publics tend to have offices of their own or offer their services in banks or state offices, as well as locations such as UPS.
The cost for these services varies depending on state legislation.
For example, in the state of Maryland the maximum fee a notary can charge for a signature is $4, while in Virginia this rate is increased to $5, and in Florida, this cap is even higher at $10.
Related: List of 20 Banks with Notary Service
Many banks that have a Notary Public often offer their services for free to members, and at a fee in line with state legislation for non-members. Most major banks in the U.S. such as Chase and Bank of America offer this service free of charge to their customers. Let’s take a look at Citibank.
Citibank offers notary services to their customers, but not all of them offer this service for free. If your Citibank branch charges a fee, the amount will depend on the state in which you are getting these services completed.
Related: Average Notary Fee by state
Notary Publics at Citibank also need to have meetings with them arranged by appointment beforehand, and do not offer walk-ins.
Notarization requires that you have a valid state ID, the document you want to have notarized, as well as any other co-signers. These co-signers will also need their state IDs.
Once your signature and the signatures of any other signers are verified, the notary will sign the document themselves, as well as add any information related to the commission of their services.
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Find Citibank Branches with Notary Publics
To locate a Citibank branch that has a Notary Public on their staff, as well as their rates and what times they work, follow the steps below:
- Use the Citibank Location Finder to find a branch office close to where you live. Citibank has about seven hundred branch offices in the United States.
- The Location Finder has an option to view the hours and additional services offered by the branch office. Make sure they list Notary Public as one of their services.
- If the branch office closest to you does not offer this service, look for the next closest office and check their services as well.
- Once you have found a branch office that has a Notary Public, call and make an appointment to have your documents notarized. Make sure to check if your type of document is accepted prior to showing up for your appointment.
- Go and have your document notarized. Show up on time and make sure that you have all the necessary materials.
What is a Notary Public?
A Notary Public is an official who is appointed by the state government to act as an impartial witness to document signings, as well as helping to prevent fraud by making sure that the people signing the document are who they say they are.
The documents that a Notary Public tends to sign includes those that transfer or detail power-of-attorney, last wills, and deeds to land/property.
A Notary Public has three specific criteria when it comes to the verification of a document:
- The identity of the persons involved in the signing. This step requires a state ID or other accepted form of verification, such as a military ID or state issued driver’s license. This is to prevent forged signatures or other fraudulent activity.
- The willingness of those signing the document. Those involved in signing the document must sign it of their own free will. They cannot be coerced or forced into signing a document that they do not agree with or want to be executed.
- The mental competency of those involved. The people signing the document need to be fully aware of what they are doing. A Notary Public will make sure that no one is being deceived by the terms of the document being signed and will likely refuse to sign in any instance where deception is involved.
Impartiality is essential in the work of a Notary Public. They are not permitted to take a side in any disputes regarding documents to be notarized, so do not go to a Notary Public, and expect them to convince an unwilling party.
A Notary Public also cannot provide their services when it would prove to be a conflict of interest. This means that they are not allowed to notarize documents that they stand to benefit from, such as deeds of sale in their own name.
The services of a Notary Public also cannot be denied to anyone based on race, creed, sexual orientation, or national origin.
Notary Publics have a special seal that they place on documents that have been officially notarized by them, and this seal is the main indicator that a document is authentic. These seals are usually ink stamps with the name of the Notary Public, the state they operate in, and the date that their commission is no longer valid.
This date is merely a statement of when the Notary Public must renew their commission, and it does not affect the validity of your document unless it was notarized after their commission is expired.
Business may require the seal of a Notary Public on certain documents, so it is wise to check ahead and be prepared.
What You Need to Bring
The items you need to have your document notarized are as follows:
The document itself
You need to have the document you want notarized on hand and filled out in its entirety for it to be notarized. A Notary Public can refuse to verify a document that is incomplete or has large empty spaces as this can be exploited.
Your state photo ID
This applies to you as well as any cosigners whose signatures are needed on the document. The name on your ID also needs to match the name(s) on the document, so keep this in mind if you have had your name changed recently but have not updated your ID.
The other signatories
If other people need to sign the document, make sure to bring them along and coordinate your schedules ahead of time if you need to make an appointment to see the Notary Public.
Unless the bank you are using offers these services for free, you are likely going to need to pay the Notary Public for their services. Their charge is done on a per document basis as well so make sure to account for that.
How to Get Notarized (Step-by-Step)
- Use the Citibank Location Finder to make sure that the branch office has a Notary Public.
- Make an appointment with the Notary Public.
- Head to your chosen branch office at the proper time and with all the materials needed to have your document notarized.
- Ask to see the Notary Public and confirm that you have an appointment.
- Tell the Notary Public about the nature of your document if you did not do that while setting up the appointment.
- Be prepared to show the Notary Public your identification.
- Answer any questions the Notary Public might pose to you or your other signatories.
- Once the identities of all involved have been verified, the Notary Public will sign, date, and apply their seal to your document which will mark it as officially notarized.