Notary Bulletin

Quiz: International Notarizations

1. When notarizing a document sent from another country, you must be sure that:
A. The document is written in English
B. The notarial request is one you may lawfully perform
C. The signer has a valid U.S. passport as identification
D. Both A and B

Answer: B. Because Notaries in some other nations perform different duties than U.S. Notaries, confirm that the notarial act requested is one you are authorized to perform. If this requirement is met, you can then proceed with the notarization.

2. What is an apostille?
A. A certified translation of a notarized document sent to another country
B. A certificate authenticating a notarization on a document sent to another country
C. A notarial act that exempts someone from paying taxes to a specific country
D. None of the above

Answer: B. An apostille is a certificate attached to a notarized document sent to another country party to The Hague treaty on authentication of public documents. It confirms to the receiving agency that the notarization was performed by a Notary with a valid commission.

3. Who may issue an apostille and attach it to a notarized document?
A. Any Notary or licensed international law attorney
B. Only the Notary who notarized the document
C. Only an authorized competent authority
D. None of the above

Answer: C. Notaries may not issue and attach apostilles to documents. Only an authorized competent authority under The Hague treaty on authentication of public documents — typically the Secretary of State’s office or other Notary-regulating agency — is authorized to issue apostilles.

4. True or False? Embassies and consulates may notarize documents being sent to their home countries.

Answer: True. Embassy and consular staff are authorized to notarize documents being sent to their home countries. If a foreign country requests a notarial act for a signer’s document that a U.S. Notary isn’t authorized to perform, the signer can contact that country’s consulate for assistance.

Join this week’s discussion on Facebook!

Questions about notarizations? Email our hotline team.

Confronted with a tricky notarization? Unsure how to proceed? NNA members have unlimited access to our expertly trained Hotline counselors to help you with all of your notarial questions.

(888) 876-0827

5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, Monday through Friday

Professional Sections

NSA and Small Business
Healthcare Professionals
Legal Professionals
Financial and Corporate Services
Immigration
International

Quiz: The Many Types Of Notarial Acts

Notaries perform many different duties for the public — and it’s easy to lose track of the different acts and what states they’re authorized in. Test your familiarity with common — and uncommon — notarial acts.

(A link to the correct answers is provided at the end of the quiz.)

Confronted with a tricky notarization? Unsure how to proceed? NNA members have unlimited access to our expertly trained Hotline counselors to help you with all of your notarial questions.

(888) 876-0827

Monday through Friday:
5 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST

Saturdays: 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST

© 2014 National Notary Association. All rights reserved . Privacy Statement . Copyright Statement
National Notary Foundation . Returns . About Us . Contact Us . Feedback