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Authenticity — the State of Iowa happens to care about it, and that means you’ll have to care too.

Here’s the deal:

Anytime you need to process a legal document, a notary public serves as witness. These individuals, commissioned by Secretary of State in Iowa, are authorized to certify major legal transactions and proceedings.

They’re impartial and unbiased observers who can:

  • Substantiate that a person signing the documents or contracts are of sound mind
  • Determine that you are who you say you are
  • Peruse the documents for any blank signature spaces

Entering an escrow agreement? The notary presides over the signing.

Need to designate beneficiaries on a policy? Call a notary public!

Though these signing agents can be hard to find, they’re absolutely crucial to finalizing official documents because they provide something no mere observer or “witness” can: a notarial certificate.

Iowa has several uses for a notary public and notarizations finalize the most important aspects of our lives, from estate planning to small business setup.

Here are the essentials of what you need to know.

Notary Agent’s Duties

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Functions of the notary public in Iowa can be boiled down to two major responsibilities:

  1. Screen the signer
  2. Complete the Certificate of Notarial Act

But nestled in this two-step process is a whole host of intricacies that separate the notary from any other representative agent or body.

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You might be wondering:

Just what are the functions of the notary public in Iowa?

Once the notary public has been authorized by the law of Iowa, the individual can:

  • Identify a document holder’s identity as authentic, based on sufficient ID
  • Verify according to the following standards: personal appearance, willingness to appear (not being forced), and awareness by the individual that they’re signing
  • Verify the identity of an individual who comes to the notary for a statement on oath or an affirmation
  • Confirm and attest to the fact that this individual is the same person whose signature appears on the document
  • Certify or attest to the copy of a record, essentially determining and claiming that this copy is an accurate and authentic reproduction of the original
  • Administer something known as a “protest.” When a payment on a check or promissory note is refused, it’s known as a “dishonor.” The protest noted by the officer simply certifies that a dishonor has occurred.
  • Create a Certificate of Notarial Act. In Iowa, the notary public must always complete a notarial certificate, which is either included as wording at the end of a document or attached as a separate certificate, based on information filled in a form.

And while some states require that the Notary Public keep or make a journal entry, Iowa doesn’t require it — though it is considered good practice to use it if you have it.

Need a Mobile Notary Public in Iowa?

If you need a mobile notary in Iowa, you’ll know by the language on your forms. At the end of the form, there should be a place for a notary’s signature and seal. Some documents call for a witness, and a notary can serve this purpose, too. Most documents and forms that are filed with the court require a notary.

  • Affidavits


  • Mortgage closing documents

    Mortgage closing documents

  • Wills


  • Designations of beneficiary

    Designations of beneficiary

  • Medical directives

    Medical directives

  • Affidavits of independent professional advice

    Affidavits of independent professional advice

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    Real estate documents

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    Structured settlements

  • Supporting

    Supporting documents for disability claims

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A Notary That Comes To You

As record-keepers, witnesses, and certifiers, notary publics in Iowa act on behalf of the state. Think of them as an office that upholds the law. Without a notary public, it’s impossible (and illegal) to get certain partnerships and agreements sealed and off the ground.

In other words, use a notary public when you want to “make things official,” as they say. It’s the law, after all.


How do you find a notary public nearby?

Superior Notary helps you to find a notary public in Iowa. Using our mobile notary network of affiliates, you have the chance to access these official services on your time, at your location. This includes off-hours as evenings and weekends.

Want to know the best part? There’s no minimum order policy.

Contact us to find and streamline your notary signing needs with our flexible signing services. 

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How it Works

Our easy-to-use services can be accessed in the comfort of your home or office through our four-step process.

  • Receive Signing Order 
  • Documents Sent to a Signing Agent
  • Updates Modifications & Confirmations 
  • Completion & Prompt Invoicing 

In Office Notary Fees

The fees a notary may charge are set by the State of Texas. The most common fee is $6 for a standard oath or affirmation and seal

Mobile Notary Fees

If you are looking for a one time service. we offer notary signing services in our office and mobile signing services across the United States. Our maximum fee for the mobile notary services in the US is $75


Ready to Get Started? Contact Us Today!

There’s an experienced public notary near you in our nationwide notary affiliate network. Available on-demand, any time of the day and any day of the week, we are ready to come to your location to witness and execute your signing. Getting started is simple.

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