A notary public is a public officer who is registered to attest or certify writings (as a deed, power of attorney) to make them authentic and takes affidavits, depositions, and protests of negotiable paper.
An attorney or other public figure can be granted notary public status, but no legal training is required to apply for the position.
This person is provided a stamp that identifies them as a notary and they have the ability to notarize documents.
This means they are certifying that the person signing the form is indeed the correct person as confirmed by their drivers license or other proof of id.
Examples of notary publics are but not limited to:
- Bank officials
And if you are in USA, UPS is offering such services as well. (Scroll down to look for Notary Public services on the UPS link).
Some of these notary publics may charge a fee for notarizing your documents.