It is important that a notary public understands the duties and responsibilities of this office in the State of Florida. The law considers many instruments to be of such importance that they be signed by the maker in the presence of a notary public. The notary's function is to authenticate signatures and administer oaths on these documents, and therefore prevent fraud. The notary public is directly responsible for determining that the person signing is who he/she states. It is also important that the person signing the document states he/she understands what is being signed.
When you are appointed as a notary public, you may notarize documents anywhere in the State of Florida.
Additional information on the proper procedures to be followed by a notary public in the State of Florida can be obtained as follows, free of charge:
Executive Office of the Governor - Notary Section provides the following manuals:
For any questions concerning these manuals, or detailed legal questions, please telephone the Governor's Notary Section at (850) 922-6400, ext. 8.
After the wedding ceremony your responsibilities are:
Couple must have valid license.
(Man should stand on woman's right, and the notary public asks the man as follows:) "___________________ , do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife, to live together in the Holy Estate of Matrimony; to love, honor, comfort her and keep her in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, keep you only unto her as long as you both shall live?"(Man answers "I do.")
(The notary public asks; the woman as follows:)"____________________ do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband, to live together in the Holy Estate of Matrimony; to love, honor, comfort him and keep him in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, keep you only unto him as long as you both shall live?"(The woman answers "I do.")
(If the couple brings rings, ask the man to place the ring on her finger and have them both repeat after you:)"With this ring I thee wed in love and truth and with all my worldly goods I thee endow."
(Then ask the couple to join right hands and pronounce them man and wife as follows:)"Inasmuch as________________ (man) and_________________ (woman) have this day consented together in Holy Wedlock and have given and pledged their troth each to the other in the presence of this company, by virtue of the authority vested in me under the laws of the State of Florida, I now pronounce you Husband and Wife."