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Notary Public Manual - Page 1

Foreward

The purpose of this manual is to acquaint the reader with the duties, functions and responsibilities of a Notary Public in Hawaii. This is not an official text. Accordingly, it is advisable in order to obtain a comprehensive understanding of Hawaii laws regarding notaries public that one read the following pertinent sections of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, as amended: 456-1 to 456-19, 502-41 to 502-84, 603-1, 621-12 and 621-13.

Introduction

A Notary Public is a public officer whose functions include:

  • administering oaths
  • witnessing the signing of documents
  • attesting to the identity of the signers of a document
  • noting protests
  • taking acknowledgments of documents.

Although a notary public may be commissioned to perform services in connection with work for his employer, the notary is nonetheless a public officer and as such is required to provide notarial service to the general public. A government notary whose fees and bond are waived, however, is limited by law to performing notarial services pertaining to the business of the government, except where the occasion is deemed by the head of the department of the governmental unit to be one of urgent necessity and convenience.

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