A notary public (or notary or public notary) of the common law is a public officer constituted by law to serve the public in non-contentious matters usually concerned with estates, deeds, powers-of-attorney, and foreign and international business.
A notary’s main functions are preparing and authenticating legal documents,creating or affecting rights, administering oaths and affirmations, taking affidavits and statutory declarations, witnessing and authenticating the execution of certain classes of documents, taking acknowledgments of deeds and other conveyances, protest notes and bills of exchange, providing notice of foreign drafts, preparing marine or ship’s protests in cases of damage, providing exemplifications and notarial copies, and performing certain other official acts depending on the jurisdiction.
Any such act is known as a notarization. The term notary public only refers to common-law notaries and should not be confused with civil-law notaries.
Clients of a Notary Public include Government departments and organizations, major industrial and trading companies and private individuals. Reliance is placed on the truth of the matters stated in notarial acts.
Below are requirements for application of Notary Public in Nigeria.
- 3 copies of formal Application letter printed on the letter headed paper should be
addressed to the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria Abuja.
- Curriculum vitae (CV) should be duly signed. 23 copies for Lagos state and 15 copies for other states.
- Photocopies of practicing fees receipt for 7 years preceding the date of application
and each payment must have been made as at when due on or before 31st of March of each year.
- 3 photocopies of Call to Bar Certificate.
- 3 photocopies of Applicant’s Incorporation Certificate with the Corporate Affairs Commission
– Every notary is deemed to be an officer of the Supreme Court.
– A notary may refuse to act where he considers the circumstance suspicious. He must however mark the document which is subject of his refusal with his refusal, his signature and date of refusal.
View the Notaries Public Act here