Ankeny Library has several notaries on staff. To ensure availability, we strongly encourage appointments. Notaries are generally available Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM. To inquire about additional times and dates, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 515-965-6460 opt. 5.
The library does not provide witnesses; you must bring your own if your document requires it and each witness signing will need to provide a photo ID. Notaries are not able to answer any questions about your document.
The library is unable to notarize the following documents:
- I-9 forms
- Copies of birth or death certificates, or other public records
- Marriage or divorce records, and other court records
- Deeds (with the exception of quit-claim deeds)
- Can I just stop by and request a notary?
Yes. However, because of the schedules of our notaries, we can't guarantee that a notary will be available without notice.
- Where else are notaries available?
Ankeny City Hall and other public libraries may have notaries on staff. Call the location before you visit to ensure availability.
- Do you offer remote or electronic notarization?
- I need witnesses; does the library supply them?
You will need to bring your own witnesses with you and ensure that they have a photo ID. Library staff cannot serve as witnesses.
- I already signed my document. Will that be ok?
We ask that the document is signed in front of the notary. If you have already signed, you may be asked to sign again or verbally affirm your signature.
- What if multiple people need to sign, but not everyone is available?
Everyone must provide identification and sign in the presence of the notary for the document to be notarized. This includes witnesses.
- Are you required to notarize any document presented?
The decision to notarize or not lies solely with the notary public.
- Can the notary answer questions about my document?
No. Notaries are not authorized to provide legal, medical, or other advice, and are simply verifying the identity of the signer. Refer questions about your document to the issuing agency, such as a county clerk or law office. The seal does not legalize or validate the document, or by itself protect a person's rights.
- Do you sign I9 forms?