Notary Public Services
Notary Services are available at the Town Clerk’s Office during normal business hours as a courtesy for Plymouth residents. Please review the guidelines listed below. The fee is $5.00 per Notary Service. To ensure a notary is available, it is advised to call the Town Clerk's office at 508-322-3433.
The following guidelines will be followed in the provision of Notary Service:
• Notary Services are available during the normal business hours.
• A valid, government-issued photo identification is required of any individual seeking Notary Service.
• The document(s) can neither be already signed nor already dated.
• All signers must be present at the time of notarizing.
• If the document requires a witness(es), he/she/they must be present.
• The Notary is merely stating that he/she has witnessed the document being signed.
• The document must contain the appropriate Notarial Statement or Clause, otherwise, one will be attached to the document by the Notary.
• Documents in any language other than English will not be notarized at this facility.
• Notary service is not available for legal documents, including deeds, mortgages, wills, living wills, living trusts, codicils, or depositions. (These documents are best handled at law office or Real Estate offices.)
• Certain public documents cannot be copied and notarized as being “official/certified” documents. Examples of these are birth, marriage, and death certificates. (These “certified/official” documents—with appropriate Town Seal–should be obtained from a Town Clerk’s office.)
• Massachusetts law requires that a Notary and the person seeking notarization be able to communicate directly with each other.
• In accordance with Massachusetts Notarial law, Notaries will not provide service if the individual making the request, the document, or the circumstances of the request for Notary service raises any issue of authenticity, ambiguity, doubt, or uncertainty. In any of these events, the Notary may, at his/her sole discretion, decline to provide Notary service.
• Additionally, because changes in state regulations regarding notary policies, we no longer notarize wills/trust/estate/deed documents, and mortgage closing packages.