It is commonly believed that banks notarize documents, but we urge you to check with your specific bank before traveling to your local branch in hopes of meeting a notary… you may be very disappointed.
Banks have been consistently looking for ways to cut costs and drive efficiencies in their branches. Notary service was once seen as a value added offering to their current and potential customers, but it’s increasingly seen as an expensive and unnecessary product. Banks would rather their employees focus on their core jobs: opening accounts, selling their products, assisting banking customers, etc. As a result, many fewer branches offer notary public services and some banks are limiting the service to just their current customers or, even more restrictively, to only their own bank related documents.