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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

  • U.S. Passport

  • Military ID

We CANNOT accept the following as forms of photo ID.
  • Social security cards

  • Credit cards with picture

  • Club membership IDs

  • Birth certificates

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.

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