Notary Service

  • As a courtesy to our patrons, the Morris County Library offers free notary service.  However, we cannot accommodate walk-in service; an appointment must first be made with the notary on staff.  Appointments may be made for Tuesday afternoons between the hours of 1:30-3:30PM.  Please call the Reference Department at 973-285-6969 and speak directly with the notary in order to make an appointment.  Because careful records are kept for even the most simple notarial session, please allow at least ten to fifteen minutes for each session.
  • Important note:  we do NOT offer copy certifications.
  • Valid photo ID is required for notary service. A current driver’s license, non-driver ID issued by the Motor Vehicle Commission, a United States or foreign passport, a United States military ID, and a green card are all acceptable forms of valid ID.
  • We will notarize up to four (4) documents in a single session.  A session constitutes one visit per day.  This limit is enforced regardless of how many individuals are present for a particular session.
  • Please do not to sign your document in advance, as the type of notarization necessary may require that you sign in the presence of the notary. All blanks in a document must be filled in before notarization, with “n/a” if not applicable.
  • Our library does not supply witnesses. If your document requires witnesses, please bring them with you. Make sure they have proper identification with them as well. It is not recommended that you approach strangers in the library to serve as witnesses, as witnesses should be known to you and be willing to stand up in court on your behalf, should that be necessary sometime in the future.
  • Notaries cannot provide legal advice or counseling regarding your documents. We will, however, explain to you the difference between taking an oath or affirmation, and an acknowledgement, so that you can make the best choice of notarization if your document has no notarial wording.
  • Library notaries reserve the right to decline service for any reason. Service will be declined if the document, the identification, or the capacity of the signer to understand the proceedings raises any questions of authenticity, or if the notary does not understand the language of the document.

Laws are detailed in the New Jersey Notary Public Manual.

Other public libraries offering notary service (call first to confirm):

Other options:

  • Most municipal clerks offices and courthouses. You should always call first.
  • Banks, law offices, your insurance company, your real estate agent. These are generally limited to account holders/clients who need documents notarized for current services rendered.
  • Office of Hispanic Affairs/Dover (Spanish language). Telephone: 973-366-4770.
  • UPS Stores.
  • US Postal Service, Mendham Twp, Brookside. Telephone: 973-543-7878.
  • 123Notary – mobile notaries will come to your home or office.