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Handling Requests To Notarize Out-Of-State Documents

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Notaries know they are only authorized to notarize within the jurisdiction defined by your state, which in most cases is your state. But what do you do if a signer needs to have an out-of-state document notarized? Are you authorized to do so, and, if so, how?  

The Easy Answer: Yes, You May Notarize Out-Of-State Documents
 

You are allowed to notarize documents that are sent and /or recorded across state borders — provided, of course, that you are notarizing the document within the boundaries of your jurisdiction.

It doesn’t matter where the documents will be recorded as long as you are following the Notary laws for your state. This includes documents for out-of-state real estate transactions, such as purchases or mortgage refinances.

Note, however, that Notaries in Kentucky with a Special Commission may only notarize documents that will be recorded in Kentucky.

Check — And Correct — The ‘Venue’

 

Be sure the “venue” portion of the notarial certificate reflects the state and county where the notarization actually takes place; if that portion of the certificate is pre-populated with another venue, cross through it and enter the correct information.
 

Know — And Follow — All Your State’s Notary Laws


Even when notarizing an out-of-state document, which may have certificates specific to the state where it is being filed, you are still responsible for knowing and following your own jurisdiction’s laws.

For example, in California, as of January 1, 2013, any document that affects real property requires the Notary to obtain the thumbprint of all signers in your Notary journal. You will need to record the signers’ right thumbprint for every document you are notarizing within the refinance package, since the mortgage, deed of trust or any affidavits in the package affect real property. This law applies regardless of where the property is located.

Remember: When dealing with out-of-state documents, the Notary laws of your jurisdiction always supersede those of the state in which the document will be recorded.

Kelle Clarke is a Contributing Editor with the National Notary Association.

301 Comments

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Donna

17 Nov 2014

This article confused me again. I just recently took a class for my renewal and was told if the document goes out of state we can use their wording on the acknowledgement and we don't have to attach a loose certificate. Now I'm not sure again. Can you please clarify?

National Notary Association

18 Nov 2014

Hello Donna. To answer your question as accurately as possible, can you please confirm what state you are commissioned in?

Debra A. Kerr

17 Nov 2014

Does that mean we have to use California's acknowledgement certificate or can we use whatever acknowledgement has been attached to the document?

National Notary Association

18 Nov 2014

Hello, Debra. Regarding the use of out-of-state acknowledgment certificates by California Notaries, CC 1189[c] states: “On documents to be filed in another state or jurisdiction of the United States, a California notary public may complete any acknowledgment form as may be required in that other state or jurisdiction on a document, provided the form does not require the notary to determine or certify that the signer holds a particular representative capacity or to make other determinations and certifications not allowed by California law.” Please note that a California Notary must still follow all CA notarial laws if completing an out-of-state acknowledgment form as described above. For example, a signer must still present satisfactory evidence of identity that meets CA statutory requirements in order to have his or her signature notarized.

Alberta Baker

17 Nov 2014

The person lives in Virginia but he has a house in the Bahamas. He wants me to notarize the document stating his sister has power of attorney concerning the house. Do I need to do anything special for this?

National Notary Association

18 Nov 2014

Hello Alberta, Anyone whose signature on the document is to be notarized must personally appear before you and be identified according to your state's laws. So if the person making the notarization request wishes his signature on the document notarized, he must appear in your presence, and if the sister's signature needs to be notarized, she will need to appear in person before you.

Shirley p curry

18 Nov 2014

Thank you for your clarafifcation

Doretha

18 Nov 2014

This was good information to have

Jeremy

19 Nov 2014

I was told the same thing by someone on the Notary Hotline. I am in California, and I often have to notarize out of state title documents for vehicles and retirement documents that are filed in Texas. I was told that if the document(s ) were to be filed outside of California, I did not need to have a certificate. If I am supposed to be attaching a notorial document to these and have not, nothing has been acted on (so far) and I have had no claims against me. To hear that I might have received bad advice us concerning.

National Notary Association

19 Nov 2014

Hello Jeremy, Some form of notarial wording, either pre-printed on the document or on an attached loose certificate, is needed when notarizing a signature on a document. Regarding the use of out-of-state acknowledgment certificates by California Notaries, CC 1189[c] states: “On documents to be filed in another state or jurisdiction of the United States, a California notary public may complete any acknowledgment form as may be required in that other state or jurisdiction on a document, provided the form does not require the notary to determine or certify that the signer holds a particular representative capacity or to make other determinations and certifications not allowed by California law.” If the documents you referenced were filed out of state but had pre-printed notarial wording that met the criteria above, it would be OK to use that pre-printed notarial wording on the document without attaching a loose certificate. However, it is not permitted to simply "stamp and sign" a document that lacks any certificate wording.

Penny

19 Nov 2014

Now I'm confused too. I'm a California notary and just recently I did loan docs from Florida and I was told that with the Jurats that you must have a California loose certificate. Also, the section of the Florida loan docs that required acknowledgments didn't have the penalty of perjury statement so I did all loose cert attachments.... I hope they wont kick it back because of that.

National Notary Association

19 Nov 2014

Hello Penny, CC 1189[c] specifically refers to acknowledgment certificates on documents to be filed in a state or jurisdiction outside California. You are correct that when executing jurats, California Notaries are required to use the statutory CA jurat wording exactly as prescribed in statute. Unlike many other states, CA Notaries are required by law to certify when executing a jurat that the signer was identified by the Notary through satisfactory evidence--which is why in the situation you described you would need to still use the CA jurat wording, because identifying the signer is not part of the jurat requirements or wording in Florida.

Donna

24 Nov 2014

I am in the state of California. And I think that my question has been answered by NNA hotline. Thank you

Michael J Brudenell

24 Nov 2014

Okay, so what about notarizing a document from CA (Deed of Trust), but I am in Minnesota? I corrected the venue, but I also corrected the "under Penalty of Perjury under the laws of the State of California" verbiage and put Minnesota instead. I am now being told this is wrong, and I need to correct it. Am I not governed under the laws of the state where acknowledgement takes place?

National Notary Association

25 Nov 2014

Hi Michael. No matter what state you are commissioned in, the venue on the notarial certificate indicates where the notarization actually takes place. So if you are commissioned and performing a notarial act in the state of Minnesota, the state indicated in the venue should be "Minnesota." I hope this information is helpful.

Michael J Brudenell

25 Nov 2014

The venue I know to correct. My confusion is with "under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California". I would think it would be appropriate to change California to Minnesota in this case, as that is where the acknowledgment is taken, and so is bound under the laws of that state, and not the state where the document originated from. Am I wrong, in this case, and I am bound under the state of California, a state I have never set foot in. I hope that clearly explains my question.

National Notary Association

25 Nov 2014

Hello Michael, The Minnsota Secretary of State's office does not address this specific issue on their website. Regarding out-of-state certificates, they have posted the following: Can I notarize a document that was created in another state? Yes. The portion of the notarial certificate that says "State of _________, County of _________" is called the venue and reflects where the notarization occurs regardless where the document originated. Put in your state and the county where you are performing the notarial act. If it's not clear whether out-of-state certificate wording meets or conflicts with the requirements of Minnesota Notary law, we recommend instead attaching and completing a loose certificate using the appropriate short form wording provided in MS 358.48 for the notarial act requested instead. A link to the MN short form wording is available at: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=358.48

Alma

26 Nov 2014

Please clarify what means 2014. by-----------------------proved to me how I can fill up that space?

National Notary Association

01 Dec 2014

Hello Alma. If you can please forward your question to [email protected] along with your state and the type of notarial act the above wording is related to, our Hotline Counselors can assist you.

Corenia

01 Jan 2015

My boyfriend is about to get a new state job in NY and has to prove that his name is on the lease of our house and that all the utilities (electric & gas) are in my name. I'm home for the holidays in NC & can't just go back to get the papers notarized. Would I be able to get the documents done here in NC instead and fax them to him. I think they are perjury statements or something.

National Notary Association

05 Jan 2015

Hello, To have signatures notarized at your location, the signer must physically appear in person before the Notary and follow all other state notarial laws. If your boyfriend is the person whose signature is being notarized, he would need to appear in person before the Notary.

Ben

05 Jan 2015

Does an acknowledgement need to have the correct California wording?

Kyle

17 Jan 2015

I need to have a revokable living trust notarized. The trust is being formed in Indiana. I am currently out of the state. Can I have it notarized while in another state (GA or TN) and it be valid? Thank you

National Notary Association

20 Jan 2015

Hello, You would need to consult with an attorney to determine if there are any issues with legal acceptance if the document is notarized out of state.

Tony

21 Jan 2015

I am in California, but I need issue duplicate salvage title in KY, can I notarized in CA then mail to KY DMV?

National Notary Association

22 Jan 2015

Hello, A California Notary could notarize a signature on a document being sent to Kentucky. The signer would have to personally appear before the Notary in California, present satisfactory evidence of identity and meet all requirements of CA Notary law. It's not clear from your question if you are named in the documents you are describing. Please remember that a CA Notary may not notarize a document in which the Notary has a direct financial or beneficial interest, such as being named in the document or a party to the document's transaction.

Deanna

19 Feb 2015

My husband and I are buying a house in omaha, but I am currently stationed in Texas and won't be able to get to Omaha for closing, can I have my husband fly down to Texas and we can do a Nebraska power of attorney in Texas and get it notorized and it be valid in Nebraska?

National Notary Association

20 Feb 2015

Hello, Unfortunately, we can only comment on questions related to state Notary law. There is nothing that would prohibit a person from traveling to Texas and requesting their signature be notarized on a document there. However, we cannot answer whether a particular document would be valid for your transaction or not. You would need to consult with an attorney or other professional qualified to answer that question to determine the document's acceptability.

Heather

04 Mar 2015

Hi, I am in the State of Connecticut, I was frauded out of real property in the State of California by a Connecticut resident. Two Connecticut notaries on separate occasions authenticated the fraudsters signature on a Deed of Trust, the date they allege they performed their duty is different then the day the document was signed by the fraudster. The notaries did not cross out the venue on the pre-printed document which reads that they Swear Under the Laws of California, neither notary holds a CA license only licensed in CT. Both of these notarizations were actually notarized on a completely different day then the documents in question were supposedly signed by the fraudster. One notary stuck a notarization on a separate sheet of paper with no mention of what he was notarizing, the date he puts his notarization being a month or so later then when the fraudster signed, no additional authorization was added. The other notary actually stamped the document but the date was different then the supposed date the fraudster signed, she also swears to the laws of California, but only has a Connecticut Notary license. I would also like to mention that I have the opinion of the Superior Court Judge that I am credible to the fraud of my property and am desperate to Void these documents to quiet title, but the corruption in Connecticut is unconcionable and before I move forward I would like to be advised as to where to report notary fraud if the Secy of State Notary Division has apparently made the decision to further the fraud by turning a blind eye to what their licensed notaries have done. I would sincerely appreciate your assistance with this matter as it is time sensitive and I am acting pro se, Thank You.

National Notary Association

05 Mar 2015

Hi Heather, You may wish to contact a state law enforcement agency that handles real estate fraud to report this, such as the CT Department of Consumer Protection (http://www.ct.gov/dcp/site/default.asp) or the Connecticut Attorney General's office (http://www.ct.gov/ag/site/default.asp). You may also want to contact your county district attorney's office or a local police agency to report the fraud.

Candace Dobson

05 Mar 2015

I live in the state of North Carolina and my nephew is visiting from Ohio. He needs a document notarized giving his father in Tennessee temporary guardianship over his son for medical reasons. Can I notarize.

National Notary Association

05 Mar 2015

Hello Candace. You may notarize the signature of a person from another state, provided the person whose signature is being notarized appears before you in person within the boundaries of North Carolina, presents satisfactory proof of identity and the notarial act meets all other requirements under North Carolina law. Also, you must not be a named party in the document, a signer of the document or receive a benefit from the document other than any notarial fee paid to you.

Pat

07 Mar 2015

I have a document from the State of Virginia that I have been unable to get notarized in California. The wording on the document is: "Sworn to before me and subscribed in my presence this ___ day or ___" The California notaries I have talked to said this is "jurat" language, not "acknowledgement" language, and therefore under California law they cannot notarize this as written. Every notary I have spoken to insists on attaching a separate certificate with California language. (Apparently "acknowledgement" language would be OK.) I sent such a notarized document to Virginia, and they sent it back, saying "Virginia requires the notarization to be on the same page as the signature." Note that this is the Commonwealth of Virginia itself I am dealing with, not some local whoever. So, as far as I can tell, it is impossible for me to have this Virginia state document notarized in California. Is this correct?

National Notary Association

10 Mar 2015

Hello. Your message doesn't specify whether the notarization you are requesting requires an acknowledgment (where the signer is identified by the Notary and acknowledges he or she signed the document) or a jurat (where the signer would write their signature in the Notary's presence and then swear or affirm before the Notary the truthfulness of the document.) California Notaries are required to use the specific certificate wording dictated by CA state law when performing a jurat. The notarial wording for acknowledgments and jurats is not interchangeable. Before proceeding further you should confirm with the agency receiving the document exactly what type of notarization is required, and any other requirements the receiving agency wants.

Carla

15 Mar 2015

Hey I have question. My sons dad agreeded to me moving out of state from California to Nevada so I was curious can I get a document notarized stating that he's ok with me & his son relocating to move to Nevada & also stars the visations he will have with my son.

National Notary Association

16 Mar 2015

Hello Carla. There is nothing preventing you from having this document notarized. However, please be aware that there are different types of notarial acts. You will need to provide instructions to the Notary what type of notarization you need--nonattorney Notaries are strictly prohibited from choosing a notarial act on a signer's behalf or providing signers with advice on preparing documents. If you are unsure what notarial act you require for your document, you can contact an attorney for assistance, or, if the document is going to be submitted to an agency, contact the agency to ask for instructions.

Cyndi

17 Mar 2015

My client has a Promissory Note she wants notarized for a loan to her brother. My client and I are in Michigan and her brother is in Florida. My question is do I notarize my client's signature in Michigan and send the document to her brother and should her brother then have the document notarized in Florida with his signature?

National Notary Association

18 Mar 2015

Hi Cyndi. Notaries are ministerial officers, which means that the law prohibits nonattorney Notaries from giving advice to signers regarding the preparation of a document--including who is required to sign the document or who requires their signatures notarized on a document. As a Michigan Notary, if someone asks you to perform a notarization, you may certainly do so as long as the notarial act takes place within the state's borders and meets all requirements of state law. But you cannot advise the signer whether or not her brother needs his signature notarized. If the signer has questions regarding preparation of the document, she needs to contact an attorney or another qualified professional authorized to advise her on how to prepare the document.

Ryan

20 Mar 2015

I am doing a job for a customer in PA. The owner has a summer home in PA but now resides in Ohio. We are applying for a permit where the owner is the applicant but I need to be the signer since she is so far away. I need a notarized document giving me permission to sign where necessary for this project. She wants me to send her the document with the details to be notarized and she will bring to notary and sign. Should I title it to the State of Ohio or the State and county where the permit will be acquired? If possible can you help me with a template. Thank You.

National Notary Association

23 Mar 2015

Hello, Ryan. We're sorry, but any questions regarding how to prepare a document giving you authority to sign on someone else's behalf would be legal questions which we aren't authorized to answer. You would need to contact an attorney for assistance in preparing such a document and answering any questions about its format.

Jane Migliacci

01 Apr 2015

Hi, I am a Notary Public in the state of Massachusetts. I also work for a bank in Massachusetts. Myself and my coworkers often notarize real estate documents. I know that Massachusetts prohibits nonattorney notaries to conduct real estate closings unless it's for your own bank's closing but it does that mean we can not notarize the closing documents for other state closings as well? Example: Massachusetts resident asking Massachusetts notary to notarize closing documents for a Georgia property purchase. Thanks

National Notary Association

02 Apr 2015

Hi Jane. The following information is from our list of signing agent state restrictions (http://www.nationalnotary.org/support/signing-agents/state-restrictions): "Massachusetts - Requires an attorney admitted to the state bar to be present or involved in the closing of real property transactions. A Notary who is employed by a lender may notarize a document in conjunction with the closing of his or her employer's real estate loans."

KRISANNA

03 Apr 2015

can i notarize a real estate contract signed in another state, after the fact with only a copy of the driver license????

National Notary Association

07 Apr 2015

Hello Krisanna. If the signer is requesting an acknowledgment, you may notarize after the document has been signed but the signer must personally appear before you and present proof of identity. If the signer is asking for a jurat, the signer would need to personally appear before you and sign the document in your presence. Regarding your ID question, in order to provide you with the correct information for your state can you please tell us what state you are commissioned in?

David

12 Apr 2015

Hi I was thinking how will it work if I get a notary in wisconsin, wausau, marathon county? I live in michigan. The notary is an agreement between the two person. Is it possible? Never did it before. Maybe you guys can give me more info?

National Notary Association

14 Apr 2015

Hi David, we're happy to help. Some general information on the role of Notaries can be found here: http://www.nationalnotary.org/knowledge-center/about-notaries. Here's a link to some state-specific information from the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions: http://www.wdfi.org/Notary_Public_and_Trademarks/default.htm. And if you'd like the NNA's help in applying for a Wisconsin commission, you can call us at 1-800-876-6827 or visit us online at http://www.nationalnotary.org/wisconsin/become-a-notary. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

Annalissia Nelson

13 Apr 2015

Hello,I live in Michigan and I am being given a house by a person who lives in Florida.There is no way for him to journey to michigan to sign the quit claim deed.Would I have to fax him the written deed and have him sign it infront of a notery in his state,then he could fax it back and I could sign it infront of a notery of my state?I just dont really understand how out of state notery works.

National Notary Association

14 Apr 2015

Hello Annalissia. You should contact a qualified attorney or real estate professional authorized to advise you on your transaction to ask for instructions how to proceed regarding the out of state signer.

Jorge Gustavson

07 May 2015

I live in California, and transact with realty in other states, eg North Carolina. You have answered the question of a notary in California using the out-of-state acknowledgements pre-printed on many real estate forms -- they must comply with CC 1189(c). Now that it's 2015 and the new "consumer warning words" are the law of the land with respect to California notary acknowledgements, is your advice to folks you gave in Nov 2014 (see elsewhere on this forum page) still valid? Or is it now the case that any out-of-state notary acknowledgement wordings preprinted on forms are not OK for California notaries to use, because they will of course lack this wording, and thus requiring a loose sheet. I have to comment, also, that California is the worst nanny state I've ever seen by requiring this kind of garbage; if you are having something notarized, or have a notarized document, and you're not sure what it means, shouldn't you be talking to an attorney? DOH!

National Notary Association

07 May 2015

Hello Jorge. Our most up-to-date responses to questions regarding CA Notaries using out of state certificate wording can be found here: http://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2015/02/q-a-how-to-ca-notary-wording

Judi Hastings

14 May 2015

A funeral home in FL is requiring notarized agreement from each child for my mom's cremation. They are demanding that a copy of my driver license or state-issued ID be attached to the notarized copy. I live in CA and will have the forms notarized here. I thought the whole point of notarizing was to have the notary certify that the signer has proven identity when signing. Not comfortable sending off photocopies of my license. Is that necessary if s CA notary is used?

National Notary Association

14 May 2015

Hi Judi. I apologize, but since the request for an ID copy is coming from the funeral home--and is not part of California or Florida state Notary law requirements--you would have to ask the funeral home if they can accept a notarized document without the ID copy.

Marcia

14 May 2015

Can I notarize a PA title transfer for a person in my state (TN) for someone in PA? She lives in TN, but wants to sell her vehicle to someone in PA.

National Notary Association

14 May 2015

Hello. Yes, you can notarize the document, but the signer would have appear before you in person in TN and follow all other TN Notary laws in order to perform the notarization. You cannot travel to PA to notarize the document.

John Clark

18 May 2015

I'm a California notary. A guy traveling through from out of state asks me to notarize his signature as an acknowledgement of an agreement with his ex wife. He refuses to take an oath. I smelled fraud. Was I right to walk away?

National Notary Association

19 May 2015

Hello, John. If the signer was asking for an acknowledgment, an oath isn't required. For an acknowledgment, the signer must personally appear before the Notary, present satisfactory evidence of identity and acknowledge that he or she is the person who made the signature. The jurat, which is a different notarial act, requires the signer to write his or her signature on the document in the Notary's presence and then swear or affirm the truthfulness of the signed statement.

missy

25 May 2015

Hello Is a notary in Texas able to notarize a paper giving POA over to ones family in Illinois? Would that notarized documents be valid in IL? Also the signniture on the papwerwork does not match up to old letters I have..

National Notary Association

28 May 2015

Hello Missy. TX Notaries may notarize a signature on a document from another state, provided the signer appears in person before you in Texas and all other state law requirements are met. However, if there is a discrepancy in the person's information that raises doubts about their identity, you may wish to ask for additional evidence to confirm that the person before you is the person who signed the document. For example, in addition to the primary ID required for notarization by state law, you may wish to ask if the person can show supplemental documents or additional ID to provide additional verification of their identity.

Zak

26 May 2015

I am a California resident who will be on vacation in Hawaii when I will need to sign mortgage documents for a home I recently purchased in Sacramento. 1, can I do this? 2, any rough estimate of costs associated with this?

National Notary Association

28 May 2015

Hi Zak. Those are questions you will need to ask your real estate agent or lender.

Maila

30 May 2015

I am a new notary. My boss is asking me to notarize a document involving an out of state company. Is this permissible? What requirements do I need to do to execute this?

National Notary Association

01 Jun 2015

Hello. You may notarize a signature on a document prepared in another state; however, the person whose signature is being notarized must be physically present before you and present proof of identity according to your state's laws.

Pamela Ty

01 Jun 2015

With the requirement of the disclaimer language effective January 1, 2015, can we still notarized out of state acknowledgements without it?

National Notary Association

01 Jun 2015

Hello. Regarding the use of out-of-state acknowledgment certificates by California Notaries, CC 1189[c] states: “On documents to be filed in another state or jurisdiction of the United States, a California notary public may complete any acknowledgment form as may be required in that other state or jurisdiction on a document, provided the form does not require the notary to determine or certify that the signer holds a particular representative capacity or to make other determinations and certifications not allowed by California law.” Please note that a California Notary must still follow all CA notarial laws if completing an out-of-state acknowledgment form as described above. For example, a signer must still present satisfactory evidence of identity that meets CA statutory requirements in order to have his or her signature notarized.

chuck

24 Jun 2015

I have papers forbchild support from the Texas attorney general can I have them notorized in Arkansas

National Notary Association

25 Jun 2015

Hello Chuck, In order to have the documents notarized in Arkansas you would have to appear in person before an Arkansas Notary within the borders of the state and follow all other state requirements for notarization.

Marcos Sencio

29 Jun 2015

I am requesting from CA DMV for a duplicate title to my car but I live in Las Vegas. The request form from CA DMV must be notarized. Can I have it notarized in Las Vegas ?

National Notary Association

07 Jul 2015

Hello. You would need to contact the DMV to ask if they willl accept an out-of-state notarization.

Teresa

08 Jul 2015

Can a KY notary state at large notarize documents to be recorded in state of TN or any other state? Confused about state at large & special commission notaries

National Notary Association

09 Jul 2015

Hello. Only Kentucky Notaries with a special commission from the Governor may notarize documents outside the state, and only out-of-state documents that will be recorded in Kentucky. (KRS 423.110.[6]) All other Notaries in Kentucky must perform notarizations within the borders of the state only.

Z

09 Jul 2015

Hey I'm a notary public in NC but I'll be moving to CA. What do I have to do? Can I stil be notary? or do I have to retake the class and the test in California

National Notary Association

13 Jul 2015

Hello. You will need to resign your NC commission and apply for a new commission in California. If you need assistance, you can contact our Customer Care team at 1-800-876-6827 and a representative can help you with the process.

Melissa

13 Jul 2015

My father and his girlfriend are visiting me I in Florida, I am a Florida notary. His girlfriend has been having health issues and was wondering can she sign the documents here so I can notarize them even though she will be going back up north in a few months?

National Notary Association

13 Jul 2015

Hello. Yes, provided the signer appears before you in person in Florida, can present appropriate proof of identity and all other Florida Notary laws and procedures are followed.

Ashley

14 Jul 2015

My grandmother recently gave me her car, only problem is that my grandfather is also on the title and he passed last summer. The car is with me in the state of Kentucky, my grandmother lives in Kansas, and all registration as well as tags and title are in the state of North Carolina. How would I go about getting the title transferred into my name? She is unable to travel and I cannot afford to. Please help.

National Notary Association

15 Jul 2015

Hello. We're sorry, but we can only assist with Notary-related questions. For questions related to vehicle title, you'll need to contact the appropriate motor vehicle agency in the state the vehicle is registered for instructions.

Corinne

15 Jul 2015

I am a notary for the state of Arkansas. I recently moved to Tennessee. Can this be transferred?

National Notary Association

20 Jul 2015

No. You would need to apply for a TN commission.

clint

15 Jul 2015

I am a notary in Florida, however I am working on a job in Ohio can I notarize a signature on a legal document mailed to the person who's signature I am going to notarize from Oklahoma.

National Notary Association

20 Jul 2015

Hello. You may only notarize if the notarization takes place in Florida and the signer physically appears before you there.

amy

25 Jul 2015

I'm a notary in az. Can I notarize a title from Kentucky for owner to transfer title to arizona

National Notary Association

28 Jul 2015

Hello. In order for you to notarize the document, the signer would have to personally appear before you in Arizona and all other requirements of AZ Notary law would have to be met. It is the signer's responsibility--not yours--to confirm if the receiving agency will accept an out-of-state notarization.

cathleen seenes

31 Jul 2015

i am a notary in OHIO. Friend visits from LOUISIANA & wants to sell her car to someone in OHIO...she sold car to OHIO resident...can i notarize her title/signature?

National Notary Association

04 Aug 2015

Hello. In order for you to notarize a document, the signer would have to personally appear before you in Ohio and the notarization would have to meet all requirements of OH Notary law. Please note that whether an out-of-state notarization will be accepted is up to the receiving agency and it is the signer's responsibility to contact the receiving agency to confirm this.

Jesus Palafox

03 Aug 2015

hello i am commissioned in the state of Colorado and have a Client that needs to request a motor vehicle title from the state of California, he needs that document notarized, can i notarize it?

National Notary Association

03 Aug 2015

Hello. In order for you to notarize a document, the signer would have to personally appear before you in Colorado and the notarization would have to meet all requirements of CO Notary law. Please note that whether an out-of-state notarization will be accepted is up to the receiving agency and it is the signer's responsibility to contact the receiving agency to confirm this.

Amy

06 Aug 2015

Hello, I have a friend that needs her Living Will & Power of Attorney notarized, she lives in Kentucky, but will be visiting me in Pennsylvania, where I'm a notary. I just wanted to confirm that I can since I'll be notarizing in my venue.

National Notary Association

07 Aug 2015

Hello. You may notarize a document for an out-of-state signer, provided the signer personally appears before you within the borders of Pennsylvania for the notarization and the notarial act meets all requirements of your state's laws. Be aware that Notaries must proceed carefully when asked to notarize a will, which can be invalidated by the slightest variance from strict statutory rules. A will should never be notarized if the testator is asking the Notary questions about how to proceed. Rather, the testator should be following authoritative legal instructions and a certificate or certificates must be provided for the Notary to complete. Notaries must never offer advice on how to execute a will, because they could be held liable for a named beneficiary's failure to inherit assets if the will is improperly done and therefore invalidated.

Cindy

06 Aug 2015

I have a real estate document that is to be filed in California that was notarized by a notary in Texas. There was no reference to "Under Penalty of perjury under the laws of the state of California. Was that done correctly?

National Notary Association

07 Aug 2015

Hello. Notarial certificate wording can vary depending on the state where the document was prepared and notarized. However, determining if a real estate document was prepared correctly or not is a legal question we aren't authorized to answer. If you have questions regarding whether the document was prepared correctly, you would need to contact a real estate attorney or other qualified real estate professional for advice.

Mirelda

10 Aug 2015

Hi I really need help... I am refinancing my car..long story short.. My neighbor moved to mexico I live in California.. And he gave me his car and I took after the payments .he left last minute so we didn't have to to change my name to the car.. A yr later somethings is going on with my payments but I called and they won't give me any info because my names not in the car.. So now where trying to remove his name n add mine and still make the car payments.. I went to my bank because I have to refinance my car first and I had to send him papers for him to sign( those papers have nothing to do with my I don't need my signature or anything. Its for him to sign his removing his name off the car) but the notary in Mexico isn't allowing him to do that because they said I have to be present. That kinds doesn't make sence to me because those papers are between him and the bank I have nothing to do with it.. What can we do? Are they being jerks to us and giving us a hard time to get it notarized? Or I really have to be there even tho I don't need a signature on those papers..or is there something Als we can do?? Please help I'm stressing over this and just want to cry. Can we get this done? Thank you. I would really appreciate getting back to me

National Notary Association

11 Aug 2015

Hello. We're sorry, but because Notaries in Mexico follow different rules and procedures than Notaries in the U.S., we are unable to answer your question. You would need to contact an attorney familiar with Mexico law to find out if there are legal alternatives to your personal appearing in Mexico for the transaction.

rae

08 Sep 2015

My mom recently completed her living will and power of attorney but hasn't had them notarized yet. She is visiting us from PA now and decided she is stopping cancer treatment and wanting to stay here. She is cognizant and of sound mind. Can we have the documents notarized here in Virginia? She is unable to travel.

National Notary Association

09 Sep 2015

Hello. Yes, you may notarize out-of-state documents provided the notarial act meets all requirements under your state's laws. However, if the document is going to be submitted to another state, it is the signer's responsibility to confirm with the receiving agency if the out-of-state notarization is acceptable to the receiving agency.

Shana

08 Sep 2015

Hi! Can a notary in VIrginia provide a service for a trust and will document from the state of Maryland? Thanks!

National Notary Association

09 Sep 2015

Hello. You may find the following article on notarizing living wills and trusts in Virginia helpful: http://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2014/03/hotline-tip-notarizing-living-trusts

Stacy

09 Sep 2015

I'm a notary in VA. I need to notarize a signature of a Va resident, but the papers are going back to Ohio. Can I notarize the Va Resident signature even though the papers are for out of state?

National Notary Association

09 Sep 2015

Hello. Yes, provided the notarization meets all requirements of your state's laws.

Tina Marie

20 Sep 2015

Can I get a stamp with my signature so that I do not have to sign every time in Florida?

National Notary Association

21 Sep 2015

Hello Tina. A Notary Public in Florida may not sign notarial certificates using a facsimile signature stamp unless the Notary has a physical disability that limits or prohibits his or her ability to make a written signature and unless the Notary has first submitted written notice to the Department of State with an example of the facsimile signature stamp. (FS 117.107[2]).

Beth Lamonda

21 Sep 2015

I am a notary of Va but work in both MD and VA, when I notarize documents while working in MD should I change the state to reflect MD, even though I am a Virginia notary

National Notary Association

21 Sep 2015

Hello. The venue should always indicate the location where the notarization took place. Please note that a VA Notary commission only authorizes you to notarize outside the state's borders when the document is intended to be used in Virginia or by the U.S. government (COV 47.1-13[B]).

Yukita Manuel

29 Sep 2015

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[email protected]

08 Oct 2015

Can I notarize a Power of Attorney for someone who is visiting the US from another country? They have property in their country and need a power of attorney in order to give the right to a family member.

National Notary Association

09 Oct 2015

Hello. You may notarize the signature of a person from another country visiting the U.S., provided they appear in person before you and the notarial act requested meets all requirements of your state's laws. However, it is the signer's responsibility to find out if this will be acceptable to the receiving agency in the country the document is sent to.

CCR

19 Oct 2015

a friend asked me if I could notarize a document. Friend was in hospital in NYC. I am notary in NJ.

National Notary Association

20 Oct 2015

Hello. A New Jersey Notary may not notarize outside the borders of NJ, so you cannot travel to New York City to notarize a document (NJSA 52:7-15[a]). The signer would have to appear before you in New Jersey.

jim eaton

24 Oct 2015

I am selling a timeshare that still has my ex on the title. The buyer states that Hawaii (where the timeshare is located) won't take a jurat. The Notary in California wrote "see attached" in the notary spot and attached the California all purpose acknowledgement. The buyer is claiming this a jurat and that hawaii won't accept it. Can you clarify?

National Notary Association

26 Oct 2015

Hello. For an acknowledgment, the signer presents the Notary with proof of identity and acknowledges he or she is the signer of a document. A jurat requires the signer to sign the document in the Notary's presence and take an oath or affirmation that the statement in the document is true. More information on the difference between acknowledgments and jurats is available through this webinar: http://www.nationalnotary.org/knowledge-center/news/webinars/commonly-asked-questions/acknowledgments-and-jurats.

John Drewett

05 Nov 2015

If I am a resident of the Philippines and currently here but would like to have two documents notarized , a will and a financial power of attorney . May I have them notarized here at the embassy in the Philippines . I own some assets in Louisiana and that the Will and Power of attorney will cover. The executor and the power of attorney would be for a Filipino so it is difficult to go to LA, thank you for your consideration

National Notary Association

06 Nov 2015

Hello. You would have to contact the receiving agency in Louisiana to find out if the receiving agency will accept the notarized documents.

Hannah

27 Nov 2015

Can TN notary notarize the documents in any counties in TN? I am from montgomery county but I got notarized signature from Knoxville. Would it be fine?

National Notary Association

30 Nov 2015

Hi Hannah. Prior to 1993, some TN Notaries were limited to countywide authority only. However, since 1993, all TN Notaries have statewide jurisdiction and can notarize anywhere in the state.

Candace

02 Dec 2015

I have not been able to find he answer to my question anywhere so I'm going to ask it here and hope for the best. If I was served a petition, but there is a discrepancy in the notarization of the petition, is the petition still valid? The signor of the petition signed and dated petition on the 27th but it was notarized on the 26th. Help please!!

National Notary Association

02 Dec 2015

Hi Candace. Any questions about whether a document is legally valid or not would need to be answered by a qualified attorney.

andy

09 Apr 2016

I need a document notarized. I live in Kansas and it says I need it signed by a notary in and for the state of Missouri. Can I have a notary in Kansas do it?

National Notary Association

12 Apr 2016

Hello. You should contact the agency that issued the document and ask them if they will accept a notarization by a Kansas Notary Public.

Camille

09 May 2016

Hi....I am a notary in New York....can I notarized divorce papers from the state of Washington....

National Notary Association

11 May 2016

Hello. You can notarize documents from another state, but the signer would have to appear in person before you in New York and the notarization would have to meet all requirements of New York state law.

Daniel Heath

10 May 2016

I am selling a home I own in California and escrow wants the Deed notarized using their language which Washington State Notarys refuse to do. Is there an alternative?

National Notary Association

11 May 2016

Hello. In this situation, you would need to contact the lender or your real estate agent to discuss possible alternatives.

Kim

16 May 2016

I am a PA notary and will be spending time in NC. A family member who lives in NC has asked me to notarize a Power of Attorney for my parents of which I will have no direct interest. However, because it is family member, is this acceptable?

Barbara

24 May 2016

can a RI notary, notarize a Power of Attorney for someone that lives in NH?

National Notary Association

25 May 2016

Hello. A Rhode Island Notary may notarize a document for a signer that lives in another state. However, the signer would have to appear in person before the Notary within the borders of Rhode Island during the notarization, and the notarization would have to meet any requirements of Rhode Island state law.

Festus Ogunbitan

30 May 2016

I was sent a film option and purchase agreement, and I notarized it and signed my own part. But the second party did not sign his own part, instead, he kept it for three years of the first option period . When I was apprehensive of what was happening through a lawyer, the lawyer said the producer did not sign his own copy, therefore we do not have a contract. Please should I sue this Hollywood producer for hiding and not processing a notarized and signed document from California when he received it, or it is not necessary for him to complete the process from his own end, and notarization is just not a process.

National Notary Association

31 May 2016

Hello. We're sorry, but we can't provide legal advice regarding whether someone has grounds for a lawsuit or not. You would need to consult with a qualified attorney to answer those questions.

sharleen

31 May 2016

Hello, if an individual is a notary of the state (Florida). And they would like to be able to notarize documents from another State other than Florida but in the USA? Is it possible to be allowed to do this? If yes, what is the process. Thank you.

National Notary Association

02 Jun 2016

Hello. While a few states permit residents of bordering states to apply for Notary commissions, Alabama and Georgia (the states that share a border with Florida) do not.

Belinda Burnett

05 Jun 2016

As a Georgia notary, I've been asked to notarize the marriage certificate signed by the SC notary who performed the marriage. Am I able to do so with the notary laws?

National Notary Association

06 Jun 2016

Hello.What type of notarization are you being asked to perform? Georgia Notaries are not allowed to certify copies of vital records such as marriage certificates.

Felicia Kohler

10 Jun 2016

I have an applicant declaration/signature and notary to sign. I am a notary in Florida and the document that I need to sign is going to California and was made in California. On the document it says " State of California". Is there a way I am able to correct the state to say Florida or what needs to be done?

National Notary Association

13 Jun 2016

Hello. Yes, if the venue information is incorrect in the Notary certificate wording, you should line through the incorrect information, write in the correct location, and initial and date your correction.

Nic

15 Jun 2016

Hello I have been reading comments and did have a question. I have court documents that need to be notarized for a Florida court. I live in Georgia, would a notary from my state of Georgia be able to sign if the document had a clause asking for the notary's county of residence ie " STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF _________"?

National Notary Association

16 Jun 2016

Hello Nic. If the incorrect location is in the Notary certificate, you would need to line through the error, write in the correct location and initial and date the correction. If the incorrect information is in the main body of the document, the signer should contact the receiving agency and ask for instructions.

Kimberly Kowalewski

13 Jul 2016

I am a Notary for the state of Va. I have been asked to travel to a Federal Hospital in Maryland to notorize a Will, Power of Atttorney, and Property Transfer. Am i authorized to do this and if so what location would I use in the certificate wording?

National Notary Association

14 Jul 2016

Hello. Virginia Notaries may only notarize in other jurisdictions if the document is intended for use in Virginia, or by the U.S. government. (COV 47.1-13[B])

L Miller

18 Jul 2016

I've had NC Notary for the last 8 years or so. It actually expired June 2016. I now live in Florida and have applied for a Florida notary commission. Would I be able to still renew my NC notary and also have the Florida notary as well?

National Notary Association

20 Jul 2016

Hello. No, you cannot hold a NC commission if you live in Florida.

Robert Young

04 Aug 2016

I'm buying a boat from a guy in Michigan can my wife notarize the title for me I live in Ohio and her name will not be on the title anyway

National Notary Association

04 Aug 2016

Hello. According to material published by the Franklin County Court of Common Please and Columbus Bar Association, an Ohio Notary may take the acknowledgment of a relative, even a wife or husband, if the Notary has no interest in the transaction.

Raheare

04 Aug 2016

My son in law lives in FL and needs his college transcripts notorized in PA. Does he need to appear in person for the notorization?

National Notary Association

05 Aug 2016

Hello. Is your son requesting a certified copy of the transcripts or is another type of notarial act required?

Carolyn DiCrisci

11 Aug 2016

Can a real estate sale of land in Florida be notarized for a Georgia resident who is owner of the property? . Florida Notary in Florida.. Any other requirements with the Notarizing of the documents. according to Florida & Georgia requirements?

National Notary Association

12 Aug 2016

Hello. As a Florida Notary, any documents you are asked to notarize would have to be notarized in Florida and the signer would have to personally appear before you within the borders of Florida.

Jamie

11 Aug 2016

I am a notary in Michigan and have been asked to notarize Texas real estate documents, where the seller lives now - do I need special "clearance" to do so?

National Notary Association

12 Aug 2016

Hello. No, there are no special restrictions on notarizing real estate documents in Michigan. However, the signer would have to appear before you in person and the documents notarized within the borders of Michigan.

Jan C

21 Aug 2016

I am a notary in Kentucky. Can I notarize documents in Ohio?

National Notary Association

22 Aug 2016

Hello Jan. Only if you hold a Kentucky Notary Public Special Commission and if the documents in question will be recorded in Kentucky.

[email protected]

16 Sep 2016

I am scheduled to notarize a document that is for the purchase of a Las Vegas timeshare My concern is the signer is an 83 year old woman. How to make sure she understands what she is signing?

National Notary Association

16 Sep 2016

Hello. We suggest this article from Montana Notary official Lori Hamm with tips to help Notaries prevent elder abuse during notarizations: https://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2015/07/notary-role-preventing-elder-exploitation

Tonya

22 Sep 2016

Hi my boyfriend recently filed divorce papers he has to notarize them but he filed in connecticut we are living in connecticut his ex is in florida when we got the papers where he has to sign it says Flagler county we can't get to Florida to do that what does he do

National Notary Association

23 Sep 2016

Hello. The "venue" is the part of the notarial certificate wording that indicates where a notarization takes place. If we understand you correctly, you are saying that your paperwork has an incorrect Florida venue location printed in the certificate wording? An incorrect venue does not require you to travel out of state to that location to have the document notarized. When you go to a local Notary, the Notary can either line through the incorrect venue information and write in the correct venue location when performing the notarization, or alternately complete and use a new notarial certificate with the correct venue information and attach it to the document instead.

Jovanna

22 Sep 2016

I'm a Ca Notary and I recently got asked from a AZ attorney if we can do a double notarization. Meaning he will add AZ Notary language to a document and then I will notarize it and include my CA loose certificate besides the AZ notarial. Are we able to do that?

National Notary Association

23 Sep 2016

Hello Jovana. No, you may not perform a notarization using two separate certificates from different states for the same notarization.

Kathleen

27 Sep 2016

So, this means that I am able to use a VA notary to notarize my self filed SC divorce papers? I filed in SC before I moved back to VA.

National Notary Association

27 Sep 2016

Hello, Kathleen. We're sorry, but we can't answer questions regarding the legal requirements to file documents such as divorce papers. Any questions regarding the legal requirements for divorce papers should be answered by a qualified attorney.

Kathy

29 Sep 2016

I am a resident of New Mexico but work in Colorado, is there anyway I can legally notarize loan documents in Colorado. I realize I can not get a Colorado Notary, but I did have a New Mexico Notary license

National Notary Association

30 Sep 2016

Hello. No, we're sorry but New Mexico Notaries may only notarize within their own state.

Bev. Fulwider

03 Oct 2016

We made our wills out online, they have to be notarized. My brother is a notary but lives in Indiana and will be here in a few days. Is it legal for him to notarized them. And no he is not mentioned in the wills. We live in Florida. Thank you

National Notary Association

05 Oct 2016

Hello. While not specifically prohibited by Indiana law, the state strongly discourages this practice. The Indiana Notary Public Guide states the following: "“Also, it would be wrong for a notary to authenticate (sic) the will of a relative if the notary might inherit property – even if the notary is not specifically named." (Page 20).

ED

11 Oct 2016

I'm a notary publicin the state of New Jersey but now work in Pennysylvania. Can i notarize documents while i'm at work?

National Notary Association

11 Oct 2016

Hello. You would only be able to notarize while within the borders of New Jersey.

Serena

03 Nov 2016

Clients had a deed notarized at a UPS store. They sent it to me to have it recorded in Sonoma County, California. The pre-printed Deed form had an old notary acknowledgment on it. It does not contain the language in the box (changed as of 1/1/15). The notary in Sonoma used the acknowledgment, instead of attaching a correct loose form. Sonoma will not accept it for recording. I called the UPS store and they said they use whatever form is provided to them since it could be that this document would be sent out of state for recording and would not require it to be the current California form. So my question is can the notary provide a new acknowledgment on the correct form since she has already journaled this and the signer has already appeared before her, etc.? Thank you.

National Notary Association

03 Nov 2016

Hello, Serena. In the 2016 California "Notary News" newsletter, page 5, the Secretary of State clarified: "There are no provisions in the law that allow for the correction of a completed notarial act. If you discover an error in a notarial act after completing the act, then the signature on the document must be notarized again." http://notary.cdn.sos.ca.gov/forms/notary-newsletter-2016.pdf So if a notarization was completed with an incorrect notarial certificate, the signature on the document would have to be notarized a second time with the proper notarial certificate wording in order to remedy the issue. The signer would have to appear before the Notary a second time with the signed document, be identified and follow all other required steps for the new notarization.

Joanne

26 Nov 2016

May a Minnesota resident's Minnesota Last Will and Testament be signed and witnessed in the presence of a Florida notary public (while Minnesota resident is in Florida for a few months during the winter)?

National Notary Association

28 Nov 2016

Hi Joanne. Because wills are very complex legal documents, any questions regarding the acceptability of an out-of-state notarization on the will would need to be answered by a qualified attorney.

Nicole

10 Dec 2016

I am a Colorado Notary and am signing divorce papers to be filed and recognized in California. Neither party is in California any longer and both appeared in front of me in Colorado. Am I good to send in?

National Notary Association

12 Dec 2016

Hello Nicole. We're sorry, we're not clear what you mean by "send in" the documents. If the signers appeared before you in person in Colorado and the notarization met all other CO law requirements, you may notarize the documents. However, it is normally not the Notary's responsibility to file or submit such documents-that would be the signer's responsibility.

Virginia

13 Dec 2016

Hi everyone and season greetings! I recently had an affidavit returned back to me due to the affidavit not being accepted. The county recorder wants me to correct it and send it back to them. There were no specifics. Can some of you here be so kind as to share if there is a certain format that must be used for affidavits and if there is to be attached to it, maybe a notary certification of some kind since the notary is from another state? I moved to Texas several years ago from California. Thanks so much!

Elizabeth

25 Dec 2016

Hello....I'm filing for Divorce from Spouse but does not reside in same State as me...His signature is required on documents....do he have to get papers notorized after obtaining his signature in the Statehe resides in or can I get notarized in State I live in?. I am the one filing but its a mutual agreement.

National Notary Association

28 Dec 2016

Hello. You or your spouse would need to consult with an attorney to answer any questions regarding any special notarization instructions on your divorce documents.

CT Notary

13 Jan 2017

As a CT Notary, are you allowed to notarize a state of CA document when the signer is here in CT. If so, where it mentions: State of California County of _____________________________) what county should you list if you are here in the state of CT.

National Notary Association

13 Jan 2017

Hello. If the venue information in the notarial certificate wording is incorrect, you would need to line through the incorrect information, write in the correct venue location where the notarization is taking place, and initial and date the correction.

Natalie

20 Jan 2017

Hello, I am trying to find a Texas notary in Los Angeles. Does anyone have any info on how to go about this?

National Notary Association

20 Jan 2017

Hello Natalie. Texas Notaries only operate within the borders of their own state. Any Notaries Public in California would be commissioned by the California government.

Kaitlin

23 Jan 2017

I live in Nevada. I was born in California. And I need a certified copy of my birth certificate. Can I have a sworn statement notarized from someone at my Wells Fargo bank in Nevada or do I have to travel to California to have it notarized?

National Notary Association

24 Jan 2017

Hello Kaitlin. Your best course would probably be to contact the recording office in CA that has the original birth certificate and ask them if they have any specific requirements regarding notarizing a request for a certified copy.

LaTrice

24 Jan 2017

I live in SC, can I notarize papers out of GA if both parties are in front of me with proper ID? Also with me being a notary in SC, can I do reciprocity to get a GA seal?

National Notary Association

25 Jan 2017

Hello. A South Carolina Notary cannot notarize documents outside of the state's borders. However, if a signer asks you to notarize documents prepared in another state, you may do so provided the notarization takes place in South Carolina and the notarial act requested meets all requirements of SC law. To apply for a Georgia Notary commission, you would have to have regular employment or a business in the Georgia county you wish to apply for a commission in. (OCGA 45-17-2)

Mike

13 Feb 2017

Hi, My Divorce was issue in California and I have the original Divorce Certificate, can I have it notarize in Florida and authenticate by Florida Department of State?

National Notary Association

28 Feb 2017

Hello. We're sorry, but any legal questions regarding proper procedure for divorce paperwork would need to be directed to a qualified attorney.

Mike

15 Feb 2017

Hi, My Divorce was issue in California and I have the original Divorce Certificate, can I have it notarize in Florida and authenticate by Florida Department of State?

Mike

15 Feb 2017

Hi, My Divorce was issue in California and I have the original Divorce Certificate, can I have it notarize in Florida and authenticate by Florida Department of State?

Lori

18 Feb 2017

My friend lives in florida and there a notary can marry but my commission is in nj. Can I marry her if I go there? Or can she come here?

National Notary Association

28 Feb 2017

Hello. We're sorry, but you may not use a New Jersey Notary commission to perform a wedding in either New Jersey or Florida.

Mari Wilmoth

21 Feb 2017

I live in Tennessee, I recently had a form notirized in tennessee for Florida and now Florida is asking for an affidavit or acknledgement that the form is for Florida but signed in Tennessee, is there a form I need to take back to the notary to have filled out or do I just type I acknowledge this is a Florida form signed in Tennessee"?

Chris Chan

09 Mar 2017

I've a Texas vehicle gift transfer form needing notary signature, but I live in CA. CA notary didn't sign the actual TX form, but signed a separate attachment with the notary stamp on it and told me to send the attachment along side the TX form. I contacted TX tax assessor office, and they said the form is not accepted unless the stamp and signature is on their form. CA notary (I went to 3 of them) said that CA stamp is bigger size than the space available in the TX form and it will be on top of the written words and lines in the form which would make the stamp void. TX assessor office said that I need to get someone with a smaller stamp (their form only has a space of about 1 inch width and length) which I am convinced now that it doesn't exist in CA. Help! Anyone with experience with TX tax assessor office to know if they can or can't accept the attachment from CA notary as valid notarized signature?

National Notary Association

14 Mar 2017

Hello. We're sorry, we can't answer specific questions relating to the assessor office's document requirements, but we can tell you that it is prohibited in California for a Notary to complete and send someone loose, unattached notarial certificate wording.

Estela Myles

09 Mar 2017

I'm a notary in new Mexico a friend wants me to notarized his retirement documents but his ex wife needs to sign as well he has no idea where she resides. Can I still notarized the documents

National Notary Association

10 Mar 2017

Hello. Any person whose signature you notarize must appear in person before you and present satisfactory proof of their identity to you according to state law. So you would not be able to notarize the ex-wife's signature on the documents unless she can appear before you and be properly identified.

Marie perkins

10 Mar 2017

I'm a notary in NC, is it legal to notarize a auto title from SC?

National Notary Association

10 Mar 2017

Hello. You may notarize a document from another state, but the signer must personally appear before you in North Carolina, and the notarization must meet all requirements of North Carolina law.

Valerie

12 Mar 2017

I am divorced and own a home in CO, ex husband needs to sign a quiet title taking his name off deed but is in Montana. Can a notary in montana witness his signature and he can mail it back to file in Colorado?

National Notary Association

14 Mar 2017

Hello. We're sorry, those are legal questions that would need to be answered by a a qualified attorney.

Jas

14 Mar 2017

For notaries in California, I was told that if the certificate contains wrong Venue information such as state and county I am able to cross it out and write in the correct venue information. Is it a CALIFORNIA NOTARY LAW that we INITIAL and DATE it next to the correction of the venue information? Can we just leave it blank, or do we have to initial it or do we have to intitial AND date?

National Notary Association

17 Mar 2017

Hello. Initialing and dating a correction in certificate wording is not specifically required under California law-it is accepted standard of care to ensure the Notary is the one who made the change. However, California law does prohibit using an incomplete certificate (GC 8205[a][2]), so you could not leave the venue "blank." Also, a Notary may not knowingly include false information in an acknowledgment certificate (GC 6203 [a]), so if the Notary was aware that incorrect information was included in a certificate, the Notary would either have to correct the erroneous information or substitute a certificate with the correct notarial wording and information.

vicky

26 Mar 2017

I am suing in small claims court in N.D. but I live in Ut. May I notarize in Ut.

National Notary Association

27 Mar 2017

Hello. We're not clear from your question if you are asking if you may notarize these documents or if another Utah Notary may do so. Can you please clarify and also let us know if it is your signature being notarized or not?

Tammy

27 Mar 2017

Can a NY notary sign a small estate affidavit from PA that needs to be filed?

National Notary Association

28 Mar 2017

Hello. You may notarize a document from another state if the signer can tell you what notarial act is required, the document has appropriate notarial wording or you can attach the appropriate notarial wording, and the notarial act requested meets all requirements of your state's laws. If the signer is unsure if an out-of-state notarization will be accepted, the signer should contact the receiving agency to ask if the notarization is acceptable.

Lindsay

03 Apr 2017

Hello, I have my notary in NY state and I work in CT. My friend wants me to notarize her retirement documents. She lives and works in CT. Am I allowed to do this with a NY notary?

National Notary Association

03 Apr 2017

Hello Lindsay. You may not use your NY Notary commission to notarize documents in Connecticut. Your friend would have to appear in person before you with the documents in New York State, and the notarization requested would have to meet the requirements of New York state law.

Tamara

03 Apr 2017

If I'm a notary in Colo and I'm in Wyoming when a vehicle being registered in Colorado is purchased, can I notarize if both parties are present?

National Notary Association

03 Apr 2017

Hello. No, a Colorado Notary commission may not be used in Wyoming. The signers would have to meet you in Colorado in order for you to notarize.

Brenda

09 Apr 2017

My mom recently moved to Kentucky. She is selling her house in Michigan on Land Contract. We are having a Memorandum of Land Contract filed in the city where the house is. Can we have a Michigan notary just for the buyer's signature or does my mom have to return to Michigan to have her signature notarized?

National Notary Association

11 Apr 2017

Hello. A Michigan Notary can notarize the buyer's signature and your mother can have her signature notarized in Kentucky.

Lisa

14 Apr 2017

I am a resident of MI. My employer is located in Ohio. Ohio will not let out of state residents become Ohio notaries. If I become a MI notary can I notarize my employers documents as long as he presents them in front of me, in the State of MI?

National Notary Association

17 Apr 2017

Hello. Yes, you may notarize documents for your employer provided the notarization takes place within the state of Michigan. Any signers of the documents would have to appear in person before you in Michigan and be identified according to Michigan law.

Bailey Johnson

18 Apr 2017

I am a CA notary and I am in the process of notarizing a document prepared in New Jersey and on the document it specifically says (where I put my signature) signed by a notary in New jersey. Can I cross this out and put in Ca because I am not in fact in New Jersey? How do I go about this?

National Notary Association

20 Apr 2017

Hello Bailey. You cannot use certificate wording that includes incorrect information. Also, you would not be able to use the pre-printed NJ certificate wording on the document unless it exactly matches the required CA certificate language. The simplest solution would be to attach and complete a separate notarial certificate that includes the CA statutory wording instead.

Jennifer Conover

23 Apr 2017

I live part time in TN and am getting a divorce in KY. Can I have the divorce papers notarized in TN before I file them in KY?

National Notary Association

24 Apr 2017

Hello. We're sorry, but that's a legal question that would have to be answered by a qualified divorce attorney.

Audrey

29 Apr 2017

This article was helpful. But, I have a question about notarizing a will. The NJ will can be signed in NY by a NJ resident. Does one use an out of state acknowledgment for the notarizing of a NJ will executed in NY? Thanks.

National Notary Association

01 May 2017

Hello Audrey. Because wills are highly complex legal documents, we would recommend that the signer contact an attorney to ask if there are any special instructions regarding notarizing the document in another state.

Cassandra lee

01 May 2017

hello . may i ask if what am i gonna do if the signature from one document is different from another document but only one person done it ?

National Notary Association

03 May 2017

Hello Cassandra. To help us answer your question, can you please tell us more how the signatures differ? Is the signer using different names on each document? If so, does either name match the name on the signer's ID? Also, can you please tell us what state you are in?

Richard

07 May 2017

I bought some property from my ex. I made a bill of sale but didn't know it needed to be notorized. She lives in another state and had to drive just to get her to sign it. Is there anyway I can get a lawyer to send the document to him and get it notorized by someone else cause i don't want to see her again. I thought i had done everything but seems like i didn't. Can a signature be done with out me being there,, and then returned to me and I have my own notory with me when I sign ? can i fax it to a bank and them do it there and fax it back to the same bank lets say regions? We both bank there and they do them for free. Can they do it that way?

National Notary Association

09 May 2017

Hello. We're sorry, but these are not questions we can answer. You would need to ask the bank and/or an attorney any questions regarding how to complete this transaction.

Elizabeth

09 May 2017

If my husband who I am divorcing lives in a different country other than US and needs to have a document notarized for court, can he travel to NJ to have the document notarized?

National Notary Association

09 May 2017

Hello. Your husband would need to contact the court to ask if they have any special instructions regarding notarizing the document.

MAIRA

16 May 2017

Hello, My parents are getting divorced and they have property in Mexico. They want to sign over property to a child, can they do it here in California or needs to be done in Mexico.? Thanks

National Notary Association

16 May 2017

Hello. We're sorry, but that's a legal question that would need to be answered by a qualified attorney.

Kevin Shelton

19 May 2017

Hello, I am selling my motorcycle that is in Ohio with an Ohio title. I moved to Oklahoma before I wanted to sell it, and now just started to field offers with my parents handling the transfer to the buyer. Is there a way to get my signature notarized on the title without me coming back to Ohio? I have not signed the title yet, but want to transfer the title to a buyer without leaving OK if possible. Thanks.

National Notary Association

23 May 2017

Hello. We're sorry, but we can't provide guidance or legal advice regarding vehicle sales. You will need to contact an attorney for assistance with any questions regarding transfer of vehicle title.

Jodie Pierce

24 May 2017

My husband just purchased a 1986 suv from CA but we live in NV (Nye county). The seller signed the title stating in CA for a title you don't need it notarized. When we go to the DMV in NV, is this going to be a problem?

National Notary Association

24 May 2017

Hello. You would need to contact the DMV in Nevada to answer that question.

Carolyn

30 May 2017

I am a notary in the state of Illinois, can I notarize my son's divorce papers.

National Notary Association

30 May 2017

Hello. Yes, provided that you are not named in the document.

Jamie

15 Jun 2017

I am a Massachusetts resident and need forms notarized. If i get the forms notarized in RI are they still legally binding in the state of Massachusetts?

National Notary Association

16 Jun 2017

Hello. We're sorry, but any questions regarding the legality of a document sent to another state would have to be answered by a qualified attorney.

Robert

20 Jun 2017

At closing on a mortgage, the closing official said the Acknowledgment on the Deed of Trust need not be notarized. Closing was in Virginia on a Virginia house. He took the Deed of Trust to a Maryland notary, who: 1. Initialed instead of signed. 2. Didn't have me sign in his presence. 3. Didn't have me sign his Fair Register (a Maryland requirement). 4. Didn't have a lending official swear an oath or affirmation as part of the Acknowledgment (a Maryland requirement). 5. Didn't have a lending official sign the Fair Register. 6. Didn't write in the correct expiration date of his commission. 7. Apparently altered the certificate of notarization. (A) If closing were in Maryland -- and it was NOT -- wouldn't all the Maryland requirements have to be met? (B) Is there any state in which a notary can initial instead of signing his name as it appears his commission and in his seal? I ask this, because land records is not supposed to record a Deed of Trust that is unlawful on its face. (C) Aren't all of 1-6 unlawful? Is # 7 unlawful, if the notary made the alterations? Thank you for your time and consideration.

National Notary Association

21 Jun 2017

Hello. We can't comment on the legality of the closing or answer questions about the preparation of the document you described. However, regarding your questions regarding a Maryland Notary's duties, the MD Secretary of State's website (http://sos.maryland.gov/Notary/Pages/Duties.aspx) says the following: "A notary must include on each document the notary’s printed name, signature, date of notarization, and expiration date of his or her commission. In addition, the notary must affix his or her notary seal or stamp to the document." Also, the MD Handbook for Notaries Public, page 13, states "The person making the acknowledgment must personally appear before the notary public." (http://sos.maryland.gov/Documents/NotaryManual.pdf)

Jennifer

09 Jul 2017

I need financial and medical power of attorney for my mother who will be coming to Texas. She is currently in New Mexico in the hospital but to do anything for her here in Texas I will need to have this. I do have a New Mexico power of attorney authorizing me medical and financial authorization. Can you help me to understand if I need to do anything additional? or do can I use the authorizations that I have to start applying for medicaid etc for her?

National Notary Association

10 Jul 2017

Hello. We're sorry, but any legal questions regarding necessary procedures for a power of attorney would need to be answered by a qualified attorney.

Talena Canterbury

12 Jul 2017

How could i get a Kentucky title notorized by last owner without haveing to take the title to Kentucky? I live in WV?

National Notary Association

14 Jul 2017

Hello. You would need to contact the agency that you are submitting the title to and ask them for instructions.

Dawna Macera

11 Aug 2017

I used to live in Wyoming and now live in Kentucky. Can I still notarize documents or is my certificate invalid.??

National Notary Association

14 Aug 2017

Hello. No, a Wyoming Notary commission is not valid in Kentucky. You would need to apply for a new Kentucky state Notary commission.

Natalie Ray

17 Aug 2017

Can a Tennessee waiver of bond be notarized in Washington? This is for probate court

National Notary Association

22 Aug 2017

Hello. A document from another state may be notarized in Washington, provided the notarization meets all the requirements of Washington law. However, that does not guarantee that the probate court will accept the document. It is the signer's responsibility to contact the probate court to confirm if they will accept a notarization performed in another state.

Suhy Fig

25 Aug 2017

Ok my question that I need clarification is if I'm a notary in the state of Texas and my sister needs something notarized but she lives in Florida. Can I notarize for her as long as I am in the state of Texas since I obviously know her and her signature?

National Notary Association

30 Aug 2017

Hello. In order to notarize your sister's signature, she would need to physically appear in person before you in Texas with the signed document. You cannot notarize without personal appearance based solely on your familiarity with a person's signature.

Celeste Robinson

28 Aug 2017

I'm a notary for state of PA. Can I notarize a deed for transfer of Ownership for a property in NJ. Owners wife is still on Title and is deceased.

National Notary Association

30 Aug 2017

Hello. We would need more information in order to provide an answer. Our Hotline team provides one complimentary question for nonmembers. If you can contact our Hotline Team at [email protected] or 1-888-876-0827 and provide more details, one of our counselors can assist you.

Robin

19 Sep 2017

I have state-specific assignments of mortgage that need to be notarized. They will all be signed and notarized in the state of Connecticut. Can the notary acknowledgment, not to include the venue, be specific to that state or does it have to read according to Connecticut notary rules. Thank you.

National Notary Association

19 Sep 2017

Hello. We think our Hotline Team may be better able to assist you with this question. You can contact them for assistance at 1-888-876-0827.

Norman J Fernandez

05 Oct 2017

I have a friend from Pennsylvania who is a notary I have a last will and testament and a quick claim deed and I live in Florida can she notarize those documents for me here in Florida being that she is a notary from Pennsylvania

National Notary Association

06 Oct 2017

Hello. No, a Pennsylvania Notary may not notarize in Florida.

Maria Shindler

25 Oct 2017

I work for a construction company based in NH, but live in VT. For the first time in the 20-plus years I've worked here, we are being required by a VT project owner to have our application for payment notarized by a VT notary. Can I, as a VT notary sitting at my desk in NH, perform this?

National Notary Association

25 Oct 2017

Hello.You should not notarize the document if you are named in the document as a party or would receive a financial or other benefit from the document. Vermont Notaries may only use their commissions within the borders of the state except in the case of acknowledgments for deeds and other conveyances, and powers of attorney for the conveyance of lands to be recorded in Vermont.

ALicia

16 Nov 2017

I live in Mo and I work in Il , My boss had asked me to become a notary. My question is can i do Il Notary? I have seen several things that say Yes and NO. Please clear up my confusion

National Notary Association

16 Nov 2017

Hello. Residents of states bordering Illinois may be commissioned as Illinois Notaries for a one-year term if they have had a place of work or business in the state for at least 30 days preceding their application, but only if the laws of the bordering state in which they reside permit Illinois residents to become Notaries in that state (5 ILCS 312/2-101). Missouri is one of the states that permits you to become a Notary in Illinois. Nonresident applicants must use a special nonresident application, and the Notary bond submitted with the application must be for one year, coinciding with the nonresident’s one-year term of office.

Fred Fastiggi

27 Nov 2017

Can a Texas notary, notarize a bid document that was requested by, and iis going to a New Jersey municipality? The notary is in Texas and the person whose signature is being notarized is also in Texas, presumably in the presence of the notary?

National Notary Association

28 Nov 2017

Hello. Yes, provided that the notarization requested meets all requirements of Texas Notary law.

Sarah

04 Dec 2017

Can a Kentucky Notary notarize a POA for a resident of Ohio?

National Notary Association

04 Dec 2017

Hello. A Kentucky Notary may notarize a signature on a document prepared in another state as long as the notarization requested meets all requirements of Kentucky law. The notarization must take place within the borders of Kentucky unless the following two conditions are met: 1. The document will be recorded in Kentucky and 2. The Notary holds a special commission to notarize documents that will be recorded in Kentucky outside the state's borders.

Jordan

07 Dec 2017

I am applying for an out of state job as a police officer and the application needs to be notarized through the state of North Carolina but I am in Illinois Is there any way around that?

National Notary Association

08 Dec 2017

Hello. You would either need to travel to North Carolina to perform the notarization or ask if the agency will accept a notarization from a Notary in your state.

Lourdes

23 Dec 2017

Very, very helpful especially commercial real estate paperwork.

Tracy

09 Jan 2018

MY son lives in A.Z. his off, on girlfriend lives in V.A. and is where she had her baby, which we all know for a fact my son is not the biological father. The girl sent the birth certificate to A.Z. and my son signed it in front of a notary, and sent it back to her. She is now with someone else but states she is going after my son for child support. Will she be able to do this?

National Notary Association

09 Jan 2018

Hello. We're sorry, but that is a legal question that would need to be answered by a qualified attorney.

Doreen Kaplan

30 Jan 2018

If I am Licensed notary in the state of Florida and live part-time in the state of Ohio am I allowed to notarize documents for residents of Ohio?

National Notary Association

30 Jan 2018

Hello. No, a Florida commission only authorizes you to notarize in Florida. As an out-of-state resident, you may not apply for an Ohio Notary commission unless you are an attorney admitted to the practice of law in Ohio who has a principal place of business or a primary practice in Ohio

Michelle

14 Feb 2018

if I have a copy of my marriage license from Ohio can I get it notorized in wisconsin

National Notary Association

15 Feb 2018

Hello. No, Wisconsin Notaries may not certify copies of marriage records.

Stephanie

21 Feb 2018

The article I was reading was dated Jan 5, 2017 (the most recent info I could find) yet when I clicked on "read more" it took me to this 2013 article. Where is the up to date information? CA certificates lack the wording of WA certificates and I am being told to complete the CA certificate (in WA) since it will be recorded in CA. I think this is wrong.

National Notary Association

21 Feb 2018

Hello Stephanie. To help us answer your question, can you clarify what information you are looking for and please tell us the title of the January 5, 2017 article you were reading, or provide a link?

Rachel

21 Feb 2018

Hi I am trying to gift my old car in NC to an NC resident, however I currently live in CO. Can I have the car title notarized in CO and mail it back to NC for the receiver to sign there?

National Notary Association

22 Feb 2018

Hello. You would need to contact the state motor vehicle department in North Carolina to ask for instructions regarding notarizing the car title. While you could have your signature notarized by a Colorado Notary, you cannot have the receiver's signature notarized without the receiver present or before the receiver has signed the document. The receiver would have to appear in person before a Notary.

Tes

22 Feb 2018

Hello. I am a commissioned notary in the Territory of Guam. A friend who is currently a resident of Guam has asked me to notarize escrow documents for a property she is purchasing in CA. The language is in the form of an Acknowledgement and it is essentially the same as Guam's but for the last sentence "I certify under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing paragraph is true and correct" Our acknowledgement language in Guam does not contain the sentence and I believe I as a Guam notary is not subject to the laws of CA. Am I right to not do the notarization with the perjury language present or am I being overly conservative?

National Notary Association

23 Feb 2018

Hello. Guam Notary law says a Notary must use a certificate “A notary shall use a certificate that is "substantially" like Guam certificate wording (5 GCA 33450). We would recommend contacting the Guam Attorney General's office at 1-671-475-3324 to ask them if the CA wording is substantially similar enough for you to complete. If not, you should ask the signer to contact the receiving agency and find out if they will accept you completing and attaching Guam certificate wording in place of the CA wording.

Tes

23 Feb 2018

Thank you for your response. Much appreciated. I checked 5 GCA 33450 and the language between CA and GU is "substantially" the same except for the perjury clause (ours doesn't have it). The signer does not want to ask the receiving agency if they will accept either an attached Guam certificate or remove the perjury clause. I just believe that I should not notarize something that subjects me to a perjury law in a state where I am not commissioned in. Was I right in my conservative interpretation or should I have notarized it even with the perjury clause?

National Notary Association

26 Feb 2018

Hello. Did you contact the Guam Attorney General's office to confirm if they considered the CA wording substantially compliant with Guam Notary law? If the Attorney General's office said the CA language is substantially compliant, then it would be OK to complete it.

Valerie

23 Apr 2018

I live in an and need to send power of attorney to my sister in North Carolina do we both have to have our signatures notarized?

National Notary Association

24 Apr 2018

Hello. We're sorry, but that is a legal question that would need to be answered by a qualified attorney.

Linda B

24 Apr 2018

Hello - I work in NY and live in NJ. I am rolling over a pension into an IRA and need a notarized spousal consent. Do I do that in NY or in NJ? Or can we do it where ever the notary is? Thank you.

National Notary Association

24 Apr 2018

Hello. You would need to contact the agency you are submitting the document to ask for instructions for notarizing the document.

Prachiti

16 May 2018

Hi, I am donating a car to my friend in Louisiana and i live in Kansas. So I have sent her the ‘act of donation’ form notarized (with the acknowledgment notary letter) as she was not here. I wanted to know if Louisiana accepts the acknowledgement notary or not. Cause some local told her that its not allowed/accepted. Is that true?

National Notary Association

16 May 2018

Hello. We're sorry, but you would need to contact the motor vehicle department in Louisiana directly to find out if they will accept the document or not.

Chakaris Buckley

23 May 2018

Hello, my boss would like for me to sign documents outside of WI where I am commissioned. I tried to explain that I can only notarize documents in our state but he thinks otherwise since I will be a national signing agent. Can you please clarify this so I can prove it to him?

National Notary Association

24 May 2018

Hello. Wisconsin Notaries may only notarize within the borders of their own state (Wisconsin Statutes 137.01[5]).

Marilyn

01 Jul 2018

As a notary in New Hamsphire can I notarized out is state documents?

National Notary Association

02 Jul 2018

Hello. New Hampshire Notaries may notarize only within their state borders. However, if a person brings you a document prepared in another state, you may notarize it provided the notarization takes place in New Hampshire and the requested notarization meets all requirements of New Hampshire notary law.

Yoona

16 Jul 2018

Hi--can I get a deed notarized in NY for the property that's located in Texas? The deed is going to be recorded in Texas.

National Notary Association

17 Jul 2018

Hello. Based on what you’ve described, we think it would be best if you contacted our Hotline team by phone and provided them with a more detailed description of the situation. The NNA Hotline: 1-888-876-0827 Mon – Fri: 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (PT) Saturday: 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PT) If you’re not an NNA Member or Hotline Subscriber, they will provide you with a one-time courtesy call.

David

18 Jul 2018

I'm a CA notary. A Signer requests a acknowledgment on a out of state form that has the wording subscribed and sworn. Can I complete this acknowledgment ? And do I need to attach the CA acknowledgement certificate as a loose document?

National Notary Association

19 Jul 2018

Hello. You first need to ask the signer to clarify what type of notarization they want, since the person is asking for an acknowledgment, but the wording "subscribed and sworn" indicates a jurat certificate, based on your description. If the signer is requesting a jurat, you will need to attach and complete the California jurat certficate wording for the notarization. California Notaries must always use the CA statutory jurat certificate wording when performing a jurat. If the signer wishes you to perform an acknowledgment, you would need to attach and complete the appropriate wording for an acknowledgment, since the pre-printed wording on the document indicates a jurat, based on your description. Please see this article for additional information for CA Notaries: https://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2015/02/q-a-how-to-ca-notary-wording If the signer is unable to clarify what type of notarization they want or asks for a notarization you are not familiar with, or if any other questions come up during this notarization, please contact our Hotline Team at 1-888-876-0827 for additional assistance before proceeding. If you are not a NNA member, the Hotline Team can provide you with 1 complimentary call for assistance.

David

20 Jul 2018

Referring to my question above. Scenario: I'm a CA notary. The signer is DEFINITELY requesting an ACKNOWLEDGEMENT for an OUT-OF- STATE notarial certificate that WILL BE FILED out of state with the wording subscribed and sworn (Sometimes the certificate is titled acknowledgement or acknowledged before a notary) . Based on CA new notarial certificate wording, can I notarize the certificate as a acknowledgement with the other state's preprinted wording, as long as I'm not certifying the signer's representative capacity? And no attachment or CA loose certificate is needed?

National Notary Association

24 Jul 2018

Hello David. Based on the situation you are describing, we think that we can assist you better if you speak directly to one of our Hotline Team counselors before proceeding. You can reach them at 1-888-876-0827.

Crystal

23 Jul 2018

I have a VA drivers license and have moved to TN. I need to get my TN drivers license and have nothing in my name due to being a housewife. Can I have my out of state bank statement notarized as proof of residency? I.E. it is a print out, since I went paperless.

National Notary Association

24 Jul 2018

Hi Crystal. That is a question that would need to be answered by the TN motor vehicle department.

Kayla

25 Jul 2018

Okay so my sister is selling her car she lives in Vegas however her step mom is the one who’s name is on the vehicle but she’s in Costa Rica . I am a California notary am I able to help them out by notarizing the document to change names ? If I am how do I go about it

National Notary Association

26 Jul 2018

Hello. We're sorry, but we are not able to assist with instructions how to process a vehicle sale. Your sister would need to contact the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles to request instructions.

Julie Remmelzwaal

01 Aug 2018

Can a Montana notary notarized Deed of Trust in Texas?

National Notary Association

02 Aug 2018

Hello. No, a Montana Notary has no authority to notarize documents in Texas.

Cynthia Cruty

16 Aug 2018

I am a Notary in NY, I am pursing a job in PA (close to the NY Border) will I be able to use my NY Notary license to notarize at my new job in PA?

National Notary Association

17 Aug 2018

Hello. No, you may only use a New York Notary commission within the borders of New York state.

Laura Baker

03 Sep 2018

I am a Massachusetts notary but have now moved to Rhode Island. Can I still notarize in MA? Can I still notarize at all?

National Notary Association

05 Sep 2018

“While moving out of Massachusetts does not automatically void a notary public commission, notaries should be aware that they may notarize documents only within the boundaries of the Commonwealth. A notary commission is renewable for a person who has moved outside the state if he continues to work or conduct business in the Commonwealth” (Governor’s website, “Notary Public Frequently Asked Questions”).

Robert Kenney

08 Sep 2018

I have expungement papers from Mississippi but live in Arkansas so my question is can an Arkansas notary sign my document from Mississippi?

National Notary Association

11 Sep 2018

Hello. Your best course would be to contact the agency your papers will be submitted to and ask them if they will accept an Arkansas notarization.

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