notary_handshake notary_womanhandsigningA Notary is an official appointed by the state government.  A Notary officially  witnesses signatures and certifies documents by affixing an official seal.  The primary duty of a Notary is to help prevent fraud by witnessing the signing of documents and verifying authenticity.  One of the official duties of a Notary Public is to administer oaths and affirmations.  A record of each transaction maintained in a record book.  The notary, then affixes his or her official seal and signature.