• Frequently Asked Questions

    What is a Notary Public?
    A Notary is a person of proven integrity appointed by the government to serve the public as an impartial witness in to the identity of a person who is signing a document by administering an oath and/or affirmations, and performing other acts authorized by law.

    Why are documents notarized?

    To deter identity theft and fraud. A Notary ensures that the signers of documents are who they say they are and not imposters. The Notary makes sure that signers have entered into agreements knowingly and willingly.

    Can I come to your location?
    Yes, even though we are mobile notaries, we do have a location where you can meet the Notary.

    How soon can you have a notary here?
    For best results, appointments should be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. We will make every attempt to fulfill any request that is "last minute" and "emergency" requests, but cannot guarantee any appointment with less than 24 hours notice.

    What is a mobile notary?
    A mobile Notary Public is a notary willing to travel to the location of the client in order to fulfill his or her duties. A mobile Notary Public makes the process of notarizing documents a great deal easier for individuals or corporations to procure. Hiring a mobile Notary is essential for companies looking for services such as loan signings or notarized documents outside of regular business hours or locations.

    Can a notary public practice law?
    It is important to remember that a notary public is not licensed to practice law, prepare documents or provide any legal counsel. Their role is primarily that of an impartial witness to the signing of various documents and legal forms. While some attorneys are also notary publics, no one at Steel City Notary is a licensed attorney. As such, we cannot give legal advice of any kind.

    Can a notary perform a marriage?
    In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, notary publics cannot perform marriages.

    Why are there two rate schedules?
    In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the cost of notarial acts is regulated by the PA Department of State. Separate from the notarial act, a notary public may charge an administrative or convenience fee, and in the case of mobile notaries, a travel fee, where applicable. These administrative, convenience, and travel charges are not regulated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and as such, may vary from notary to notary.

    Can you issue a license plate and registration?
    Steel City Notary is currently applying for our ability to issue plates and registrations with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. As soon as PennDOT approves us to be a "Full Card" notary and provides us with the appropriate materials, we will update this section and our rates section to let you know of our ability to perform these services.

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