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Notary Public Services and Fees

The Town Clerk's office in Durham offers Notary Public Services and the Building Department offers this service as well.  Both the Town Clerk and the Assistant Town Clerk serve in this capacity. The Notary Public is a public official appointed by the Secretary of the State through the power vested in the Secretary by state law. The Notary has the power to administer oaths, take acknowledgments and perform other duties as permitted by law.

We offer the following services:
1) We can administer an oath.
2) We can take acknowledgements.
3) We can take an affidavit.

This service is provided free of charge for Durham residents. A fee of $5.00 is charged to non Durham residents.

However, there are certain statutory requirements necessary before we can do the above.
You Must:
1) Appear in person
3) Do not sign the document prior to coming to our office
2) Be personally known to us; or
3) Show absolute proof as to your identity by showing any of the following: 
        1) Driver's License or other Photo ID, or 
        2) Birth Certificate AND Social Security Card

Because of the legal requirements, please do not ask us to notarize: 
1) A will
2) I-9 form (Employment Eligibility Verification)
3) Birth, death or marriage certificates.  These documents cannot be "notarized," they must be "certified" by the Registrar of Vital Statistics in the town of occurrence or residence. 
4) Anything, from anyone, who is not appearing before us in person

Please remember that we must observe the law and the legally required standard of "Reasonable Care" to protect all parties involved. Consequently, we do reserve the right to modify these services as necessary. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

The following are fees necessary for recording Notaries Public once they receive their commissions:

Original commission of notary public, must be recorded in the town of residence of the notary and additionally may be recorded in the town or towns in which the notary does business
Renewal commission
Change of name only
Change of name and change of address within town
Change of name and change of address to a new town
Change of address to new town but not change of name
Change of address within town but no change of name
For authenticating the signature of a notary the town clerk will receive

Documents being sent to certain countries may need the apostille or authentication of the Secretary of the State in addition to that of the town clerk. The document should be directed to Authentications, Secretary of the State, 30 Trinity Street, Hartford, Ct. 06106 and the fee is $10.00.