Notary Services

Notary services are free for all residents of Jefferson Township.

Patrons seeking Notary Services must first call the library 973-208-6244 to make an appointment.

A Library Notary will witness a person signing a document or signing a sworn statement on a document. The Library Notary documents that:

  • The signer of the document appeared before the Notary,

  • The Notary positively identified the signer; and

  • The signer both acknowledged the signature as their own, and that the signature was made willingly

Our Library Notaries are not attorneys licensed to practice law and may not give legal advice about immigration or any other legal matter, or accept fees for legal advice. 

Document(s) must be completed in full, with the exception of the signature portion, which must be signed in front of the Notary during the appointment. 

A valid photo of identification is required, this can include: a passport, driver’s license, or non-driver identification card, which is current or expired not more than three years before the performance of the notarial act.

Documents in languages other than English cannot be notarized.

New Jersey Law requires Library Notaries and signers be able to directly communicate, a translator is not permitted to communicate between the Notary and the signer. 

Library Notary service is not available for deeds, mortgages and other real estate-related documents, wills, living wills, living trusts, codicils, depositions, birth certificates, marriage licenses, I-9 forms, or powers of attorney.

If a document requires a witness, the library will not provide witnesses and patrons from the library may not be solicited to bear witness. To serve as a witness, one must:

  • Accompany the signer to their appointment

  • Personally know the individual signing the document

  • Bring government issued identification

In accordance with New Jersey Notarial Law, Notaries will not provide service if the customer, document or circumstances of the request for Notary service raise any issue of authenticity, ambiguity, doubt or uncertainty for the Library. In this event, the Library Notary may, at his/her sole discretion, decline to provide Notary service.

To review the details of New Jersey’s Notary Policy Manual: