The Amherst Town Library offers limited, free notary services to its customers. Please call the Library ahead of time to ensure a notary is available.

The Library’s notary service is intended for simple documents  (i.e. auto titles, simple affidavits, medical release forms) that do not require specialized expertise.

Notaries will NOT be able to notarize:

  • documents in languages other than English
  • children’s signatures or fingerprints
  • real estate transactions
  • deeds
  • wills
  • I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification forms)
  • gun sales
  • lengthy, complex documents

Our notaries are not attorneys, and not authorized to practice law, give legal advice, or prepare legal documents. They are unable to provide assistance in prescribing or determining the particular document a patron may need or selecting the type of notarization or certificate for a given document.

Please be prepared for your visit

  1. Bring a valid, government issued photo ID. 
  2. Bring all unsigned documents to be notarized. Documents must be signed in the presence of the notary in order to be valid.
  3. Complete all information above the signature line prior to signature notarization
  4. Bring originals of any documents to be copied and notarized:
  5. Notaries can only notarize certified copies made by library staff
  6. Notaries cannot certify copies of vital records such as birth, marriage and death. Certified copies of many documents such as birth, marriage or death certificates are available from the original issuing authority. The library notary can issue a notarized affidavit of a copy, and witness the signature.
  7. If your document requires witnesses, they must accompany you.
  8. The library does not provide witnesses and witnesses may not be solicited from staff or patrons using the Library.
  9. In order to serve as a witness, the witness must be personally known to the individual whose documents are being notarized.
  10. All witnesses must bring valid photo identification as described above.

Our notaries reserve the right at their discretion to refuse a request that does not satisfy identification or document requirements, exceeds the intention of the services we offer, or prevents staff from fulfilling the primary mission of the library.