I'm asking person A (signer of document) to sign a document in the presence of a notary (N).

How do I ask person A to do this?

"Dear A,

Please notarize the document? "

This makes it sound like I'm asking A to act as the notary, when really N is the notary.

I usually go with something like,

"Dear A,

Please sign X taking care to have it notarized. "

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    You already have a verb in mind: "notarize". Try to look it up in a dictionary and see if the dictionary answers your question. – R Mac Oct 15 '18 at 12:27
  • Do you mean you want someone to swear an affidavit ? – Nigel J Oct 15 '18 at 16:31
  • @RMac Wow, what a helpful suggestion. If I didn't know better, I'd think you didn't read my question carefully and just decided to plop out that self-satisfied rubbish of a comment instead. – g33kz0r Oct 25 '18 at 11:31
  • A notary notarizes things, so you can't notarize the document. (It turns out even if you're a notary, you can't notarize for yourself.) So you should always ask for someone to have or get a document notarized. – jimm101 Oct 25 '18 at 12:57

R Mac suggests in a comment the verb to notarize.

That verb describes what a notary does — whatever he does in your jurisdiction. It’s not what the signatory (or signatories) of a notarized document does (or do).

The signatories have their documents (or their consent to agreements) notarized. So the request formulation you are looking for, could be:

Please have your consent (form/document/…) notarized.

Another verb is to officialize something.

The meaning is: perform whatever procedure is required to make something official. This procedure can involve a notary — but not necessarily. That verb itself does neither indicate what kind of procedure is required, nor whether it involves a notary.

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  • My question does more than "suggest" that "to notarize" is a verb. I actually use it in a sentence! You have sort of gotten to the jist, by noting that strictly speaking, the notary performs the notarization. So asking a signer to notarize a document is potentially misleading. Your formulation ("please have X notarized") did occur to me, but it suffers from the dreaded passive voice. Also, to people unfamiliar with notarizing, the instruction is oblique because it does not include an explicit request for a signature. For example, they may sign before visiting the notary (a no-no). – g33kz0r Oct 25 '18 at 11:34

If you don't want to use a passive voice such as "have the document (or the signature) notarized", you could ask the other person to sign it in the presence of a notary.

To get something notarized, you must sign it in the presence of a notary public. The notary must actually watch as you sign the document. They must also validate your identity to be certain you are authorized to sign.

I don't think there is a special word for this, same as there isn't a special word for committing a murder in front of witnesses.

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    This is probably fine for most real-life purposes, although if one wanted to be really picky, one could point out that the presence of the notary does not logically imply that the notary will, after witnessing the signing, perform the notarizing. – jsw29 Oct 26 '18 at 1:15
  • @jsw29 Why not point out that the notary must also be alive? – michael.hor257k Oct 26 '18 at 1:38
  • @jsw29 and on planet earth. Now you are seeing why this is a difficult formulation and I am not thrilled with any of the responses so far. – g33kz0r Oct 29 '18 at 14:09
  • @g33kz0r Actually, I don't see why you're having such difficulty with this at all. – michael.hor257k Oct 29 '18 at 14:13
  • @michael.hor257k I'm not surprised. – g33kz0r Oct 29 '18 at 20:24

I've always heard something akin to "have the document notarized".

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