Notarial Services


The General Counsel's Office is pleased to offer limited notary services to faculty, staff and students.

The Downtown General Counsel's Office is located in Room 1406 of the Tidewater Building.   Effective January 1, 2017, the notary's hour will be Tuesdays 1:00-3:00pm and Thursdays 9:00-11:00am.

The following information is presented to help you take advantage of this service.

GENERAL: The notary's function is to administer an oath. When you sign a document and have it notarized, you are stating under oath and under penalty of perjury that all statements in the document are true and correct. Accordingly, it is essential that the person signing the document be physically present and sign the document in the notary's presence. You should be prepared to produce your Tulane University identification card and a valid driver's license.

COPIES: The General Counsel's Office will not notarize copies of documents.  A notary cannot make official or certify copies of a government document such as a birth certificate; these documents must be obtained from the appropriate government agency. Certified copies of Tulane documents such as diplomas or transcripts must be requested through Registrar's Office.

The General Counsel's Office will not pass acts of sales, mortgages, wills, trusts or other acts that require recordation or administration. The notary will not complete I-9 or other forms.  You may call the notary if there are any questions concerning a particular document that requires notarization.

Frequently asked questions about the Tulane Notary Public Service provided by the Office of the General Counsel

What are the notary's hours.
In the Downtown Office (988-5031), the notary is available Tuesdays from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at 1406 Tidewater.

What is the notary fee.
The service is free to current students, faculty and staff. We do not notarize for relatives, friends or the public.

I need my Tulane diploma or transcript notarized.
The diploma or transcript must originate from the registrar's office. The notary will not notarize a diploma or transcript that you present for notarization. The notary will not notarize another University's diploma or transcript.

I need a birth certificate, marriage license or passport certified.
These are official documents and you will need to obtain certified copies from the issuing governmental authority.

I have mortgage or refinancing documents that need to be notarized.
The notary will not notarize mortgage or refinancing documents. According to state law, the notary is responsible for filing these documents and the Tulane notary does not provide this service. The notary will not notarize a "closing package" drafted by out of state mortgage and finance companies.

What documents will the notary not notarize.
The Tulane University notary will not pass acts of sales, mortgages, wills, trusts, or other acts that require recordation or administration.  The notary will not complete I-9 or other forms. The notary retains the right to refuse to notarize any document.

I have a vehicle title that needs to be notarized.
The notary will notarize a motor vehicle title if both buyer and seller are present and provide identification. The notary will not provide advice on the transfer of a motor vehicle title or the process of obtaining a vehicle title.

I need a document prepared to be notarized.
The notary does not draft documents or provide documents to be notarized.

In general, the notary is available for simple notarization as a service to the university community. No documents will be certified or "true copied" unless initially passed by the notary.

The notary reserves the right to refuse to notarize a document for any reason. There are many notary offices in the city and you may find a notary public by searching the phone book or the Louisiana Secretary of State website.


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