Notary Bulletin Hotline Tip: How To Perform A Copy Certification By Document Custodian By NNA Staff on May 05, 2011 in Hotline Tips In states where Notaries are prohibited from certifying copies of documents, there is an alternative procedure called a copy certification by document custodian. This procedure allows a person in permanent possession of an original document to sign a written declaration that a copy of it is identical to the original, and take an oath or affirmation before the Notary. The custodian’s signature is then notarized on the written declaration using jurat wording. In essence, a copy certification by document custodian is an affidavit signed and sworn to by the custodian with a jurat as the notarization. Remember, the custodian, not the Notary, guarantees that the copy is an authentic reproduction of the original. Email Share 5 Comments Add your commentSu McMillan21 Jan 2015How can I get this form? I can't find it on the internet. Please advise as soon as possible. Thank you very much.Gloria Herrera26 Feb 2015Can you please provide me with a copy of this form?National Notary Association27 Feb 2015Hello Gloria. Not all states permit copy certification by document custodian or have statutory wording for this notarial act. What state are you commissioned in, email@example.com Mar 2015Does CA commission allow this?National Notary Association04 Mar 2015Hello. Yes, California permits copy certification by document custodian, except in the case of vital records such as birth, death and marriage certificates. Persons requesting certified copies of vital records need to contact the agency that holds the original record. Leave a Comment Required * Name * Email *(for verfication purposes only) Comment * Enter the text shown in this image *(text is case sensitive)All comments are reviewed and if approved, will display.