In Mexico, the office of a notary public (notario publico) is far different from a notary in the United States. A Mexican "notario" is an attorney who, after practicing law for at least 5 years, must pass further examinations. Only then is the notario commissioned for life by the government as a public notary. Although licensed as an attorney, the notario is not in a position to provide either of the parties with legal advice. The notario drafts documents, verifies the facts therein, and records the documents with the Public Registry. For more information about Notarios, please download our book "How to Successfully Buy Real Estate in Mexico"