Notary Services

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Schedule an Appointment

Please use our notary appointment calendar to schedule a notary appointment.

NOTE: This appointment is to meet with a notary public, not an SLS attorney. 

During school breaks, Student Legal Service will adjust its in-person office hours and notary appointment schedule. 

*Please note that our office will not take notary appointments during University holidays*

Common Notarial Acts and What to Expect

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Acknowledgements, Signature Witnessings, and Jurats

For documents that require notarization, the notary will first verify your identity and determine that you are willingly signing the document. You will sign the document in front of the notary and they will complete the notary certificate.

Examples: power of attorney forms, affidavits, absentee ballots, etc.

Copy Certifications

For certifying documents (i.e. passport, driver's license, I-20 etc.), the notary will first verify your identity and determine that you are the custodian (owner) of the presented documents. If you are able, please make a copy of the document and bring the original. You must bring in the original document so the notary can determine whether the photocopy is an accurate reproduction. If you are a student and unable to print a copy, the notary can make copies of the original documents for you.

Our notary cannot certify copies of vital records. For example, birth certificate, death certificate, marriage certificate, social security card, etc. Instead, please contact the Minnesota Department of Health to obtain a copy of a birth or death certificate. For foreign birth certificates, contact the consulate of the country of origin. To obtain a copy of a marriage certificate contact the county office where the marriage took place.

What to Bring

  • Government-issued photo identification (driver’s license, passport, state ID, etc.)
  • Unsigned documents to be notarized
  • University of Minnesota ID (your U-Card)
  • Original document(s) and, if possible, copies of the document(s) you want certified (if you are requesting certified copies)

Other Information

Minnesota notaries who are not attorneys cannot provide legal advice or assist with completing legal forms. There are several Minnesota statutes that affect notarial acts, including Chapters 357, 358, 359, and 609. For more information about Minnesota notaries, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website.

If you have questions about our notary services, send us an email at [email protected] or call (612) 624-1001.