How does a Notary identify a signer?

Generally, the Notary will ask to see a current identification document that has a photograph, physical description, and a signature. A driver’s license, military ID, or passport will usually be acceptable.  Your identification must be current and not expired.

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1. Why are documents notarized?
2. May any documents be notarized?
3. Is notarization required by law?
4. How does a Notary identify a signer?
5. Does notarization mean that a document is "true" or "legal?"
6. May a Notary give legal advice or draft legal documents?