Community Bank's Notary Services

What is a Notary Public?
Community Bank sponsors several employees to act as Notaries for Bank customers only. A Notary Public is appointed by the Secretary of State for a four year term. The purpose of a notarization is to prevent fraud and forgery. The Notary acts as an official and unbiased witness to the identity of the person who comes before the Notary and signs a document in the presence of the Notary. Our Notaries are bonded and bound to uphold the notary rules of the State of Illinois. We cannot notarize a document originating from another state as rules vary from state to state. Community Bank maintains a Notary log that is completed for each notarization performed. 

Please note that due to recent changes to the Notarial Record Law, Community Bank does not notarize any Documents of Conveyance (warranty deeds and quit claim deeds) at any time. These documents are generally notarized and processed with a Title Company.

When coming to the Bank to obtain a Notary stamp on a document, please ensure that you have a valid photo ID (Driver’s License, State ID or Passport) and DO NOT sign the document prior to coming to the Bank. You will be required to sign the document in the presence of the Notary. We will only notarize a document that has a space requiring a notary stamp.

Under State rules, we will not notarize any document used to verify citizenship for employment.