The word WITNESS brings up all kinds of images in our heads but for a Notary Public it's usually one of three ways that the term is applied.
Is the common term "witness" the same as the term a Notary Public would use? Yes to some extent.For notaries it's one of three things:
1) Witnesses to wills and powers of attorney are called "signature witnesses" The legal role they play is to be present when the signer ads his/her name to the document. In this case witnesses also sign the document.
2) On a witness Jurat their job is to witness to the signers identity. A credible witness confirms a signers identity much the same as a document (like a drivers license) would. Credible witnesses are a greater form of identity verification than a printed ID because a real person is personally confirming to a personally known fact, the signers true identity.
3) A subscribing witness is a witness who attests to the genuineness of a signature where the principal cannot appear in front of the notary due to health reasons or even death. The subscribing witness swears by affidavit that they know the document belongs to the signer AND that they were present when the signer signed it.
WARD COUNTY NOTARY SERVICES
ROBERT L. TIMM, OWNER
201 Main Street South, Suite 116
Minot North Dakota 58701
Call or text 701-720-8513