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Hotline Tip: Can I Notarize My Fiance's Birth Certificate?

My fiancé asked me to certify a copy of his birth certificate in order for him to complete his annulment paperwork. Am I able to do this as a Texas Notary? –D.B., Houston, TX

A Notary is not authorized to certify a copy of a birth certificate, because it is a vital record. A birth certificate can only be authenticated by the issuing agency, and a requester can usually receive a certified copy. If the birth certificate originated from the state of Texas, the requester would need to consult with the Bureau of Vital Statistics to obtain a certified copy. However, if it originated from another country, the signer would need to visit the Embassy for further assistance.

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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.

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