Notario Publico in Mexico
Differences between a “Notario Publico” in Mexico and a Public Notary in the United States
There are many important differences between a “Notario Publico” in Mexico and a Notary in the United States.
The Mexican Notario Publico is responsible for the legality of the content of the document that is being prepared.
In the United States, a notary public is a person appointed by a state government, e.g., the governor, lieutenant governor, state secretary, or in some cases the state legislature, and whose primary role is to serve the public as an impartial witness when important documents are signed. A notary public confirms the identity of the person signing a document.
Excerpt from Los Cabos Magazine article:
Doy Fe” Make no mistake: No matter how familiar sounding the title of notario público is, it is by no means the same as a notary public up north. In fact, a closer equivalent would be a magistrate. Notarios públicos are government-appointed attorneys who have completed four additional years of study and who are charged by the government with overseeing your transaction and ensuring it is safe. It is their duty to make sure that every part of the transaction conforms to the laws of México and the state of Baja California Sur. As part of that project, they will research the title, verify there are no legal claims, and see to it that all of the necessary procedures have been done properly. The last two words of the trust will be Doy Fe: I give faith—his or her assurance to you that your investment is secure.
Here are links to a good article on the subject.