Some forms must be signed in the presence of a notary public or deputy clerk.
This is the requirement that your signature be witnessed. You must sign the form in the presence of a notary public or deputy clerk (employee of the clerk of the court’s office).
When signing the form, you must have a valid photo identification unless the notary knows you personally.
- Question: What is a Notary or Notary Public?
- Answer: A Notary or Notary Public is a person authorized to witness signatures on court-related forms.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why is this part of the process?
A. A Notary verifies your identity as the signer, ensuring you sign under your own free will, and witnesses the signing of the document. Their role is to prevent fraud; making sure the right person is signing the document.
Q. What is the process for having my signature notarized?
A. After filling out the form, print your completed form. Sign it in front of the notary or deputy clerk at the clerk’s office. After the form is signed and notarized, submit the form to the clerk’s office either by regular mail, in person or by scanning the signed PDF and electronically eFiling.
Q. Where can I find a Notary?
A. Each clerk’s office has a Notary who can notarize court-related documents during business hours.
You may also use a private notary. Many banks, insurance firms, law firms, and real estate offices have notaries available. It is advisable, however, that you contact these type offices first as many, particularly banks, will only notarize for clients.
Example of Notary Public or Deputy Clerk section on forms:
DO NOT SIGN OR FILL IN THIS PART OF ANY FORM. This section of the form is to be completed by the notary public who is witnessing your signature.
STATE OF FLORIDA
Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on by .
NOTARY PUBLIC or DEPUTY CLERK
[Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary or clerk.]
_ Personally known
_ Produced identification
Type of identification produced