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Notary Bulletin

Hotline TIp: What Is Discrimination?

NNA Hotline Tips For NotariesDiscrimination is unequal treatment of someone without due and lawful cause.

As part of your notarial duties, you are professionally obligated to impartially honor any lawful and reasonable request for a notarization. For example, you should not refuse a signer whose document supported a political candidate you dislike, or a document that endorses a cause or movement you oppose. Refusing to perform a notarization because of your personal beliefs regarding the signer's political position, creed, religion or ethnicity would be discrimination.

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