Prison Notarizations: (Jails, Detention Centers, Correctional Facilities)
Notarizing documents while incarcerated presents a challenge, as the inmate’s identification is often confiscated upon arrest, making proper identification impossible. However, in some cases, an inmate may possess an ID card provided by the Department of Corrections, which may be accepted by the notary. Alternatively, if witnesses are permitted by the state, two credible witnesses or individuals who know the inmate personally and can vouch for their identity may be utilized. It is essential to inquire about any restrictions the prison facility may have regarding notarization processes.
Despite the challenges, notarization may still be possible for certain processes while incarcerated.
For example, an inmate may release their property from jail storage and complete a formal request form for the release. Impounded car release may also be possible, though success is dependent on the reason for impoundment and the inmate’s ability to pay the cost of release.
Notary jail signings require the hiring of a prison notary and typically involve witnesses due to the inmate’s lack of identification. Coordination of these signings is often carried out by a friend, relative, or attorney of the incarcerated individual. It is possible to have documents notarized while incarcerated with the assistance of experienced professionals.