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Verification and certification

A notary authenticates, that a copy of a document is a true facsimile of its original.
A notary also verifies signatures.

Authentication of a document is an official act in which a notary certifies that a copy of a document is identical to the original document or its authenticated copy. However not all documents may be authenticated. A notary cannot authenticate a copy of an ID card, a passport, a bill or a check. If the document is written in a language, which the notary does not understand, its copy may be authenticated only if it is copied in a photocopy machine in front of a notary.

Verification of a signature is an official act in which a notary certifies that a signature on a document belongs to a certain person. There are two types of verification:
- a person signs the document in front of a notary,
- a person proclaims in front of a notary, that the signature on the document is his/her real signature.
A notary keeps records of verified signatures in a book containing personal data, information about the document signed and a signature of the person.
The person must prove the notary his/her identification with an official document.
If the notary does not understand the language of the document, he may ask for an official translation of the document.
If the document with a verified signature is to be used abroad, the verification must be done by the notary in person or by his permanent deputy.

By an authentication or verification the notary does not verify the content of the document.

Further information is on the web site of The Society of Notaries of The Czech Republic (Notarial Services/Verification and Certification).