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.
Don’t believe us? Then you can take your chances at the local bank like these folks:
Shout out @WellsFargo been sitting here 50 mins waiting for a notary to do approximately 1 minutes worth of work.
— Jay Decker (@JayDecker_44) July 7, 2016
Chase is pissing me off. How do not have a notary in multiple Bronx locations?
— Shani, B. (@melanaire_) October 28, 2016
— Diane Tuman (@dianetuman) September 7, 2016
— GiftofAmber (@GoAFemslash) November 27, 2016
@PNCBank_Help I thought PNC offered notary services to its customers. Called my branch & was told it’s for PNC documents only. Is this true?
— Laurel Brooks (@LEBWC98) November 3, 2016
@BankofAmerica FAIL on notary svcs. 1 branch- HOUR wait went 2 another, waited 20 mins & notary didn’t have stamp ! get more notaries!
— Mirja Campbell (@MirjaCampbell) August 12, 2016
— JohnnyMace (@johnnymace) July 5, 2016
— Alan Rothenstreich (@AlanRinNY) June 10, 2016
@easternbank So I called your number asked if there is a notary at a certain branch, was told there is and it turns out there is no one.
— Jeremy Solomons (@jcsolomons) May 26, 2016