Notary Bulletin

Hotline Tip: What Does "Venue" Refer To On Notarial Certificate?

The “venue” portion of the notarial certificate can be a source of confusion for Notaries. The venue denotes where the actual notarization took place, not where your bond is filed, where you live or where you hold your commission.

Even though the certificate is the province of the Notary, it will sometimes be completed before the Notary receives the document — and not always correctly. In these cases, the Notary should draw a line through the incorrect venue and write in the correct one.

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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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