Why have a document Notarized? is the question I get time and time again, today being one of those days. A woman called my office asking me why does a document need to be notarized, my reply? for the purpose of "Self-Authenticating."
What is self-authenticating? According to the law of evidence (Rule Number 902) in the United States, self-authenticating documents are that which can be admitted into evidence at a trial without proof being submitted to support the claim that the document is what it appears to be. In short, these are documents those which do not require outside evidence of authenticity in order to be admitted in evidence. Several categories of documents are deemed to be self-authenticating.
Under Rule Number 902 of the Federal Rule of Evidence there are 14 Items of evidence which are self-authenticating; they require no extrinsic evidence of authenticity in order to be admitted: Item 8 Pertains to the #Notary
Acknowledged Documents. A document accompanied by a certificate of acknowledgment that is lawfully executed by a notary public or another officer who is authorized to take acknowledgments.
What is a Notary Public?