A translation that is notarized is a translated document carrying the authenticated signature(s) of the translator(s) authorized or required to sign it, and the signature of a notary public witnessing the signature(s), accompanied by an impression of his or her official notary seal. A notarized translation is not necessarily a certified translation.
NOTE: A Notary Public makes no representation as to the accuracy of the content of the translated document. It is the translator's role to vouch for the accuracy of a translation, usually by way of certifying a target language translation as a true and correct translation of the source-text.
The expression "certified by an official Notary Public" or similar variant should not be confused with the definition of a certified translation. Notarized Translations and Certified Translations are two distinct and separate matters. See "What is a certified translation?" for the full definition of a certified translation by clicking on the For More Information link in this posting.
Notaries Public -- What They Do:
A notary is a lawyer or person with legal training who is licensed by the state to perform acts in legal affairs, in particular witnessing signatures on documents. The form that the notarial profession takes varies with local legal systems.
Most common law systems have what is called in the United States a notary public, a public official who notarizes legal documents and who can also administer and take oaths and affirmations, among other tasks. In the United States, a Signing agent, also known as a Loan Signing Agent, is a Notary Public who specializes in notarizing mortgage/real estate documents. Although notaries public are public officials, they are not paid by the government; they may obtain income by charging fees, provide free services in connection with other employment (for example, bank employees), or may provide free services for the public good.
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