As a service to the citizens of Benton City and Benton County we provide free of charge Notary Public Services. If you need an important document notarized you can bring the document and valid picture ID with you to the Benton County Fire District 2 Station 210 located at 1304 Dale Ave, Benton City, WA 99320, during our normal business hours (9:00 am to 5:00 PM) to have it notarized.
Required and acceptable means of identification for Notary must have a photo and signature.
Acceptable form of identifying documents are:
- Driver’s license WITH Photo
- A government-issued identification card
- Another form of government identification that contains the signature or photograph of the individual
A Notary Public is an official of integrity appointed by the state government—typically by the secretary of state — to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents. These official acts are called notarizations or notarial acts.
It is the foremost duty of a Notary to screen the signers of particularly sensitive instruments — such as property deeds, wills and powers of attorney for their true identity, their willingness to sign without duress or intimidation, and their awareness of the general import of the document. Some notarizations also require the Notary to put the signer under an oath declaration under penalty of perjury that the information contained in a document is true and correct.
Impartiality is the byword of the Notary office and the foundation of its public trust. Notaries are duty-bound not to act in situations where they have a personal interest. The public trusts that the Notary’s critical screening tasks have not been corrupted by self-interest. And impartiality dictates that a Notary never refuses to serve a person due to race, nationality, religion, politics, sexual orientation or status as a non-customer.
As official representatives of the state, Notaries Public certifies the proper execution of many of the life-changing documents of private citizens whether those diverse transactions convey real estate, grant powers of attorney, establish a prenuptial agreement, or perform the multitude of other activities that enable our civil society to function.
Please call our office at (509) 588-3212 to make sure we have a notary available that day to serve you.