The true ancestors of Notaries were born in the Roman Empire. Many regard history’s first Notary to be a Roman slave named Tiro, who developed a shorthand system which he called notae for taking down the speeches of the famed orator Cicero. Other witnessing stenographers came to be known as notarii and scribae.
A Notary Public is a person of proven character who acts as an impartial witness to a transaction, appointed by the state.
Notaries are the first line of defense against fraud.
In the United States, each state has different laws regarding the role of a notary and the qualifications to become a notary.