I am a Notary Public in Michigan. The notary laws vary wildly from state to state and anything that follows may not apply in other states.
My function as a notary is, for the most part, to certify 2 things:
1. That you are the person you say you are. If I haven't known you for most of my life, then I will have to see some ID. That means a valid Drivers License, state ID card or passport. If you come from a different state I may have to do some research to make sure your license is valid. I don't know what every states ID's look like. If I have any doubt, I will not notarize your document.
2.You signed the document in my presence,on the date we met and you are not drunk, high or appear not to understand what you are doing.
That said, don't ask me to:
1. Post date documents. If the documents are for a mortgage it is loan fraud. In any case this violates the law in Michigan.
2. Notarize your wifes (or anyones) signature that is already there, even though you have a copy of their drivers license. (people ask me to do this all the time...see number 2 above.)
3. Notarize a document that has blank spaces or fields on it. Again this violates Michigan law.
I'm sorry but I will not jeapordize my notary commission for any one transaction.