Does a Waiver and Releasew for Firearms Training Need to Be Notarized in Texas?
A notary generally is a person authorized to acknowledge the taking of an oath. The laws regarding requirement for having a document sworn under oath and/or being witnessed vary by subject matter and jurisdiction. A waiver or release gives up a right, such as releasing one from his/her liability for harm or damage that may occur from performing under a contract, or participating in an activity. Some activities are considered inherently dangerous, and those who participate in such activities may be required to sign a release form, acknowledging that they are assuming the responsibility for their voluntary participation in such activities. The release acts as an assurance to the person requesting the release that they will not be subjected to litigation resulting from the signing party's informed and consensual acts.
Essentially, a notary certifies that they witnessed a person sign a specific document. This is done to eliminate the possibility of forgery. A notary can also certify that a copy of a document is a true and unaltered copy of the original document. Once notarized, a document will have much more legal credibility and will stand up much better in court if it is ever challenged. Because a notary is a person legally empowered to witness and certify the validity of documents, the notary's testimony may be given more weight in court than that of a lay witness to a signature. I suggest checking with the local agency that passes regulations regarding your instruction to inquire if notarization is required. I am unable to find such a requirement in the Texas state statutes. Please see the forms provided at the links below, which may be modified to suit your needs.