Calvert Library offers notary services for free when a notary public is available

In-Person Notarization

We have notaries at the Prince Frederick and Southern branches. Please call the closest branch to ensure that a notary will be available or to schedule an appointment.

What to Bring

  • Customers must bring a valid, current photo ID, and all signers must be present at signing.
  • Complete document, minus the signature. Documents to be notarized should NOT be signed before working with the notary.
  • Should your document require additional witnesses, please plan to have them accompany you for the signing—the library cannot be expected to provide additional witnesses.

Notaries screen the signers of documents for their:

  • True identity
  • Willingness to sign without duress or intimidation
  • Awareness of the contents of the document or transaction


What we cannot notarize:

  • Mortgages or real estate transactions
  • Employment verification (IRS form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification)
  • Notaries will not provide their signature and seal, if the customer’s document or circumstances of the request for notarization raise any issues of authenticity, ambiguity, doubt, or uncertainty.  In this event, the library notary may at their sole discretion decline to provide notary service.

Remote Notarization

Effective March 30th, 2020, Governor Hogan ordered the in-person requirement for notarizing documents in Maryland is temporarily waived for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, subject to guidance provided by Secretary of State John C. Wobensmith.

To have a document notarized virtually, you will need:

  • Access to the internet via computer or cell phone for:
  • An email account and access to that email account
  • A Skype account and access to that Skype account
  • Access to a printed version of the document that needs to be notarized
  • Access to a scanner or camera to create an electronic version of the document that needs to be notarized, and the ability to transmit the electronic version via email
  • A valid photo ID which shows your address

Rules for Notarization

  • The Skype video call will be recorded and retained per the Executive Order
  • Do not sign the document until you are in the visual presence of the notary via Skype
  • You will need a valid photo ID that shows your address
  • You will present the ID via Skype
  • You will sign the document when prompted by the notary via Skype
  • You will then scan or photo the signed document and email it to the notary
  • The notary will then notarize the document and send it back to the signee via email

To schedule a notary appointment or questions please call 410-535-0291 or email

Additional information also available at Maryland Secretary of State, Notary Division