Jerrold Leichter wrote:

        D. Self-authentication: A few types of documents are
        "self-authenticating," because they are so likely to be what they
        seem, that no testimony or other evidence of their genuineness need be
        produced. [474 - 475]

1. State provisions: Under most state statutes, the following
are self-authenticating: (1) deeds and other instruments that
are notarized;

This first case is actually quite amusing. I was recently the subject of identity theft.
Specifically, the thieves had my SSN (SIN, actually, since it is in Canada), and my
driver's licence number. They produced a fake driver's licence, and used it to open
bank accounts in my name. When this all came to light, the bank wanted a notarized
document that said that I did not open these accounts or know anything about them.
And what was required for notarization? I had to go to city hall and get someone
who had never met me before to look at my photo ID (which was my drivers licence)
and sign the form saying it was me! Great system!

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