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Hotline Tip: Are Notaries Required to Keep Copies of the Documents they Notarize?

This week from the NNA's Notary Hotline:

Are Notaries Required to Keep Copies of the Documents they Notarize?
-- L.M., Thousand Oaks, California

Since documents often contain sensitive information (private letters, business information, identification numbers), a Notary could be held liable for damages if the signer proved his or her privacy was compromised by copies of the signer’s paperwork. If a Notary is concerned about keeping a record of notarial acts, the proper way to accomplish this, even if it is not a state requirement, is to keep a journal.

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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.)

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