Several Library staff members are certified as notaries and can assist you with most of your official document needs. Be aware this service is dependent on staff availability – we recommend calling ahead (785) 242-3080.
Prepare for your notary visit
Don't sign or date documents in advance. Some papers require a notary to witness parties signing and dating in person.
Make sure you bring all the pages of the document(s), including the notary certificate; don’t just bring the signature page.
You must bring an official, government-issued photo ID to your notary appointment.
Accepted forms of photo ID
State Driver's/Non-Driver’s License
We CANNOT accept the following as forms of photo ID.
Social security cards
Credit cards with picture
Club membership IDs
Frequently asked questions
What does a notary do? A notary public acts as an impartial third-party witness to the signature of a document, and that all parties who signed a document did so willingly and under their own free will
What kind of documents require notary services? Materials that may require notarization include legal documents such as wills, trusts, deeds, contracts, and affidavits.
Is there any charge for this service? The Library provides notary services for free. Many institutions notarize documents for a fee; however, please be aware it is illegal to charge to notarize an election ballot.
Do I need to be a Kansas resident to use the Library's Notary service? No! Anyone can receive these services, regardless of residence.
Can I sign and date my papers before bringing them in to be notarized? We would advise against it. Many types of documents require notaries to observe a person sign and date materials in person.