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Hotline Tip: Can I Notarize For Someone At The Mexican Border?

Can I notarize a document for someone who is at the Mexican border? -T.H., El Paso, TX

Texas Notaries have statewide jurisdiction, meaning you can notarize in any county within your state; therefore, if your signer is on the Texas side of the border, you are allowed to complete the act. However, if you are on the Mexico side of the border, you cannot complete the notarization, as your commission is only valid within your state, and certainly not in a different country. Your signer would need to find a local Notary in Mexico.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. – The Editors

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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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