Certain legal papers just aren’t legal without being notarized, and for that you need a Notary Public. Notary Publics may be plentiful in North Texas, but if you don’t know where to look, they may be hard to find. If you’ve got legal papers of any kind, live in Tarrant County and need to find a Notary Public to make them official, here are a couple of places you can go.
This list is not meant to be complete list of Notary Publics in Tarrant, but to serve as a stepping-off place. Here are some of the places you can find a Notary Public in Tarrant County (many of these will apply outside of Tarrant County, as well).
Keep in mind that each individual place that offers Notary Pubic services has different rules and hours. Call before visiting to make sure a notary will be available, you have the proper documentation (minimum of photo ID) to get your documents notarized, and to verify if witnesses are available or you’ll have to bring your own. (If you’re having your will or other documents of that type notarized, it is possible that a person mentioned in the document will not be able to serve as a witness. Verify this before you bring your witnesses with you.)
Most banks offer Notary Public services; usually it’s free to customers, and available for a small fee for non customers. Among the many banks, here are some that do offer notary services:
Chase Bank: free to customers, $6 for non-customers. Bank employees will not act as witnesses, you’ll have to bring your own.
Wachovia Bank: free to customers; may charge for non-customers.
Woodforest Bank: free to customers, $6 for non-customers; bank employees can act as witnesses.
Compass Bank: only for customers.
Other places you can find a Notary Public:
Eagle Postal Center. Eagle has several locations, cost is $6 for the first signature, and $1 for each additional. There are usually a limited number of employees in the shop at one time; taking your own witnesses is your best bet.
The UPS Store. There are several UPS Store locations, cost is $6 per document. Employees here can and will act as witnesses.
Mail Services Unlimited. Cost is $6, and you’ll have to bring your own witnesses.
FedEx Office (formerly known as FedEx Kinkos). Cost per document is $6; employees will not serve as witnesses.
The Tarrant County Courthouse in Fort Worth offers Notary Public services.
Insurance agencies often have Notary Publics available; check with agencies near you. There are several mobile Notary Publics; they can be found in your local phone book.
So you don’t think that I just didn’t include them, here are some places I contacted that do not offer notary services:
Office Max, Office Depot, Staples.
Other resources for finding a notary public:
Yellow Pages (online and print)