This is the laws governing notaries of their duties and is not intended as legal advice. For additional information or for difficult situations, it may be advisable for the customer to seek the advice of a licensed attorney

Florida law requires that, when applying for a Florida title for the first time on a used motor vehicle, the owner must sign a sworn statement that the vehicle identification number (VIN) and the odometer reading on the vehicle are correct.

Additionally, a physical inspection of the vehicle must be done by an authorized person to certify the VIN. Notaries public are included in the list of persons authorized to certify this information. A form prepared by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, is used for this purpose.

The notary will make sure that the information on your form is complete prior to the notarization. The form requires the notary public, to certify that he or she has physically inspected the vehicle and found the VIN to be identical to the number recorded on the form.

The notary public will include the date, sign the document, print his or her name, and affix his or her notary seal.