Notary Service at the Library
Limited basic notary service is available at most Warren-Trumbull County Public Library locations free of charge.
Please call ahead; service is based on availability of notaries on staff at the following W-TCPL locations: Brookfield Library, Cortland Library, Liberty Library, Lordstown Library, and Warren Library.
A notary public is not an attorney and cannot provide legal advice.
Customers seeking notary service should note the following guidelines:
- Library notaries can provide only limited, basic notary service.
- The Library limits the number and length of documents able to be notarized at one time to three (3) documents of no more than ten (10) pages each.
- Notaries CANNOT pre-date or post-date an action, prepare a legal document, or give advice on legal matters.
- Notaries CANNOT notarize documents in which they have a personal interest.
- Library notaries CANNOT provide a medallion signature guarantee.
- Notaries are able to provide basic services for individual use only. No services are provided for businesses or organizations.
- Notary service will be denied if the document, identification, the circumstances or the capacity of the signer to understand the proceedings raises any ambiguity, questions of authenticity, or if the Notary does not understand the language of the document. Notaries reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to decline to provide service for any reason. Notaries are mandated reporters in the state of Ohio.
All document signers must be present at the time of signing and must sign in the presence of the Notary.
Customers must be accompanied by any witnesses that are needed to complete the document. Witnesses CANNOT be provided by the Library, nor can they be solicited from Library patrons.
- Personally know the person whose document is being notarized
- Be in possession of a photo identification
Forms of Identification:
Customers will be required to present at least one (1) of the following forms of identification at the time of notarization.
Over 18 years of age
- Driver’s License
- State-Issued ID
- United States Passport
- United States Permanent Resident Card (“Green Card”)
Under 18 years of age
- Driver’s License
- Certified Copy of Birth Certificate
- Current School ID (must include photo)
The Library will NOT notarize the following documents:
- Any Real Estate Transactions
- Quit Claim Deeds
- Corporate documents
- Documents with more than ten (10) pages
- Last Will and Testaments
- Living Wills
- Living Trusts/Trusts
- Codicils or Depositions
- Powers of Attorney
- Documents which require an electronic signature
- Foreign Passport or Visa Applications
- Handwritten documents
- Copy Certificates
- Health Care documents
- Documents written in any language other than English
- Auto/Vehicle Titles without buyer address and name (state law requires this section to be completed, regardless of circumstance)
Please contact the library for more information about specific types of documents that can be notarized, limitations, and availability of notary service at the library.
Should you have a notary request that exceeds what is available at the library, please see this printable PDF list of traveling notaries in the area who may be able to assist you.