The Pella Police Department's Communications Specialists offer notary services at the Police Department. This service is available to all members of the public 24/7. Please understand that our Communications Specialists have many responsibilities, including answering 9-1-1 calls, so their availability to notarize may be delayed during emergency situations.
What is a Notary Public?
A notary public is a person commissioned by the Secretary of State to serve the public as an impartial and unbiased witness by identifying persons who come before them. The most common function of the notary is to prevent fraud by attesting that a person actually signed a document.
To have a document notarized, the following must occur:
- The document must contain text committing the signer in some way.
- The document must contain a certificate of a notarial act that the notary will complete.
- All document signers must personally appear and sign the document in the presence of the notary.
- Photo identification must be presented to the notary to establish the identity of each signer.
Find a Notary Public in Iowa
In addition to the Pella Police Department, there are many notaries available. To search a list of all Iowa notaries, visit the Iowa Secretary of State's website.