FAQ

FAQ2018-08-14T21:19:11-06:00

For frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding services provided, please read the references provided below. For additional questions specific to your case or if you do not find the question and answer you seek, please feel free to fill out the contact form.

What is a notary public?2018-08-14T20:50:42-06:00

A Notary Public is a public servant appointed by the State to act as an impartial witness in taking acknowledgments, administering oaths and affirmations, and performing other acts authorized by state law. Notaries lend credibility to the authenticity of certain sensitive signed documents. A notarized document lends assurance to the public that it’s signer is the person who signed the document – and to the signer that the document they have signed will have full force and effect.

Do I have to be there in person when getting my document notarized?2018-08-14T21:18:13-06:00

Yes. A notary can never notarize the acknowledgement, signature, or oath of a person who is not in the notary’s presence at the time that the notarization takes place. There are no exceptions to this rule and a notary who violates it can be held personally liable for any and all damages or losses suffered by the person whose signature was fraudulently notarized.

What identification is required for notarization?2018-08-14T20:50:42-06:00

Each signer must present at least one of the forms of ID listed below. The ID must be current or, if expired, have been issued within the last 5 years; contain the signer’s photograph, personal description, and signature; and bear a serial or other identifying number.
Texas Driver’s License or ID card

  • U.S. Passport (physical description not required)
  • U.S. Military Identification Card that contains all required elements stated above, (The Common Access Card, CAC, is not acceptable)
  • Driver’s License issued in Mexico or Canada
  • Foreign passport that has been stamped by the U.S. Citizenship and
  • Immigration Services (USCIS)
  • Inmate ID issued by the Department of Corrections
Why do documents require notarization?2018-08-14T20:50:42-06:00

Most importantly to deter fraud in order to help protect the legal rights of the persons whose signatures are being notarized. It is the legal responsibility of the notary, serving as an impartial witness and public official, to ensure that the signers of notarized documents are indeed who they claim to be.

How far do I travel?2018-08-14T21:16:55-06:00

My main focus is to provide services the community within the county of Hidalgo, Texas. However, services outside the county my be provided with a corresponding travel fee.

Can a document with blank lines be notarized?2018-08-14T20:50:42-06:00

A notary public may not notarize a document that is incomplete. This if for the public’s protection from the widespread occurrence of fraud.

What are your hours?2018-08-14T21:01:17-06:00

My normal business hours are:

  • Monday: 9:00AM – 3:PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00AM – 3:PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00AM – 3:PM
  • Thursday: 9:00AM – 3:PM
  • Friday: 9:00AM – 3:PM

Additional fees apply to appointments scheduled after hours and for mobile signings.

I hope you find my FAQ page helpful. The National Notary Association also has a great FAQ section. You are also welcome to call or fill out the form on my contact page  if you didn’t find the question and answer that you were looking for.

Reviews

Carina Warner
Carina Warner
16:28 05 Jun 18
She came to the hospital and provided service in my father's hospital room in McAllen, TX. We were able to get a medical power of attorney and a Will notarized by her for a great price. She was very kind and patient as I searched the hallways and asked other family members to serve as a witness for the will. She was Awesome!
Shiju Mathew
Shiju Mathew
22:22 05 Mar 18
Best service at the cheapest price for notarization you will find in Edinburg or Mcallen combined.
Jonathan Rodriguez
Jonathan Rodriguez
00:05 29 Aug 17
Excellent customer service delivered in a highly professional and effective manor.
Anna J
Anna J
02:45 26 Jan 17
I always refer anyone needing a notary to Gicela! So pleasant & friendly & always professional; document translation is impeccable. Not to mention her new location is right by the courthouse! Definitely recommend this business to anyone seeking notary services
Courtney Villarreal
Courtney Villarreal
16:05 25 Jan 17
Customer service is often over looked in the RGV, but never with Gicela. She's very knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. I'd recommend using her if you need something done right the first time.
Meylo Rodriguez
Meylo Rodriguez
15:49 25 Jan 17
Excellent customer service. She's very knowledge. I will definitly be sending her more of my work.
Mayra Crittenden
Mayra Crittenden
03:42 24 Mar 16
She did a excellent job. The translation was fantastic. My much needed documents were translated from Spanish to English in a timely fashion and a much affordable rate (after calling all over the state) unlike her competitors. A++
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