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.
North Yarmouth has several State of Maine Notary Publics on staff. No appointment is need to use this serivce at the Town Office during office hours. Please bring proof of identification (i.e. State of Maine Drivers License) and remember we cannot notorize a document that has already been signed previous to arriving at the Town Office. The Town receives a fee of $2.50 per notorization act.