an official authorized to certify or attest documents, take depositions and affidavits, etc.
nounpl. notaries public notaries public Abbr. NP
A person legally empowered to witness and authenticate documents, administer oaths, take affidavits and depositions, and engage in other activities established by local law.
(plural notaries public or notary publics)
notary public - Legal Definition
An individual who performs the public functions of witnessing signatures, administering oaths, and comparing documents in order to attest to the validity of copies.