I’ve been a Notary Public off and on for 15 years now. What is a Notary Public you ask, well according to the Secretary of State of Maine it is: Notary Public is an ancient office dating back before the Roman Empire. American pioneer history is replete with examples of notarial assistance. Among them: the processing of land or mining claims, the authentication of public or private documents, and the reading and writing of general correspondence. Since that time, the official duties and significance of American Notaries Public have expanded considerably, largely through statutes enacted by the states. More than simply a scrivener, the Notary Public of today acts as a liaison between the government and its citizens; facilitating the authorization of numerous important transactions.
Today in Maine, the need for notarial services is cited throughout Maine law. Notaries Public have duties and responsibilities that confer upon them the trust and faith of the public. Notaries Public are authorized to perform certain official duties that are critical to those who need them. The primary duty is to formally witness transactions involving paper documents.
Maine Notaries like those in Florida and South Carolina, can officiate at wedding ceremonies. Once commissioned as a Notary Public, it is the responsibility of the Notary Public to maintain a level of education appropriate for conducting notarial duties. The Secretary of State encourages Notaries to attend workshops on a yearly basis to remain current and avoid conducting inappropriate or flawed notarizations.