Express Notary Chicago

Frequently Asked Question

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding our Notary Services, check out some of our helpful information.
Please note that we are not attorneys and cannot provide legal advice.

We are buying a property and have real estate documents that need to be executed and notarized, can you help?

Yes, we can! Whether you are buying, selling, refinancing, or doing a loan modification we can assist. From printing, scanning, and shipping we can help with every step in the process. Our notaries have closed thousands of loans. We will work closely with you and your title company or lender to be sure you have a successful closing.

We have Estate documents that need to be signed and notarized in a nursing home or hospital and we need two witnesses, can you help?

Yes, we can! If the person signing the estate documents has the mental capacity to execute a legal document; they must be of sound mind, understand what they are signing, can articulate to the notary their wishes and has identification, then we can provide notary services. Usually, estate documents must be witnessed by 1,2 or even 3 unrelated witnesses depending on how they were drafted. The witnesses cannot be related by blood or marriage. We can provide witnesses at the time of the appointment if necessary.

What type of identification do you accept?

  1. State Issued Driver’s License or State Issued Non-Driver’s ID
  2. A U.S. Passport (or U.S. Passport Card)
  3. A driver’s license issued by a Canadian or Mexican public agency authorized to issue driver’s licenses
  4. A United States military identification card (current military identification cards might not contain all the required information – must contain photo, signature and an ID # )
  5. A valid Foreign Passport from the Country of Citizenship
    A valid consular identification document issued by a consulate from the applicant’s country of citizenship, or a valid passport from the applicant’s country of citizenship
  6. An identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government

These forms of ID must be unexpired, be shown in physical form (photocopies or electronic versions are not acceptable), and the name listed on the document being signed should match that of the ID being presented.

I have a document that is in another language, can you still notarize?

Yes, we can! If the person signing the document understands the contents and agrees to sign, we can notarize the document. Please note that the notarization must be in English to comply with state law.

I have a document that needs to be notarized and sent to another country, can you help?

The simple answer is yes, we can. However, your notarized documents may require an Apostille or Authentication before they will be accepted in the foreign country. If you need more information on the Apostille / Authentication process, you can email our partners at Express Apostille Services, LLC our email is

Do you provide remote online notarizations?

Unfortunately, currently we do not provide remote online notary (RON) services. We will update our website if this changes in the future. Before you choose a remote online notary, please be sure the receiving party will accept an RON.

Do you draft legal documents? Can you provide us with a Power of Attorney or Quick Claim Deed?

We are not attorney’s and cannot provide legal advice. However, we can refer you to a qualified attorney who can assist you with your document needs.

Can a notary certify a copy of my Passport?

NO. Illinois doesn't allow its notaries public to certify a copy of any document.
However, we can notarize your signature on a form called "COPY CERTIFICATION BY CUSTODIAN FORM".

What is a Copy Certification by Document Custodian?

A copy certification by document custodian is an affidavit signed and sworn to by the document custodian with a jurat in which the custodian, not the notary, guarantees that the copy is an authentic reproduction of the original.

What is the difference between an acknowledgement and a jurat?

An acknowledgment is typically performed on documents controlling or conveying ownership of valuable assets. Such documents include real property deeds, powers of attorney and trusts. For an acknowledgment, the signer must appear in person at the time of notarization to be positively identified and to declare ("acknowledge") that the signature on the document is his or her own, that it was willingly made and that the provisions in the document are intended to take effect exactly as written.

A jurat is typically performed on evidentiary documents that are critical to the operation of our civil and criminal justice system. Such documents include affidavits, depositions and interrogatories. For a jurat, the signer must appear in person at the time of notarization to sign the document and to speak aloud an oath or affirmation promising that the statements in the document are true. (An oath is a solemn pledge to a Supreme Being; an affirmation is an equally solemn pledge on one's personal honor.) A person who takes an oath or affirmation in connection with an official proceeding may be prosecuted for perjury should he or she fail to be truthful.

NOTE: A notary public cannot legally choose what notarial act is appropriate for a document. If you as the signer are unsure, please contact the agency that issued the document and ask them to advise.

Do your notaries have Embossers?

In Illinois an Embosser has no real value on a document. Illinois requires the notary to place an INK stamp. However, some of our notaries have the Embosser that can be added in addition to the required Ink stamp. Just be sure to request this when booking your appointment.

Do you provide I-9 signing services?

Yes, we can act as an agent and complete the employer verification part of the I-9 form if the employer provides us an email on company letterhead signed by authorized personnel appointing us as an authorized agent. Please call the office for more information.

Do you have that thing that banks have... a Medallion Stamp?

No. A medallion stamp certificate is special signature guarantee for the transfer of securities and is provided by financial institutions. Please contact the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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