Notary Bulletin Hotline Tip: Can I Notarize Documents That Will Be Recorded In Another State? By NNA Staff on May 24, 2012 in Hotline Tips As a Virginia Notary, am I able to notarize a document that will be recorded in another state, such as North Carolina? - L.U., Woodbridge, Virginia A Virginia Notary may notarize documents that are recorded across state borders, as is true for notarizations performed in any state. It doesn’t matter where the documents will be filed, as long as the notarization you perform is within your jurisdiction and you follow the laws of the state where you are commissioned. Confronted with a tricky notarization? Unsure how to proceed? NNA members have unlimited access to our expertly trained NNA Hotline counselors to help you with all of your notarial questions. Call (888) 876-0827, Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST; Saturday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST Email Share 110 Comments Add your commentBrenda21 Jul 2014I am a Notary in South Carolina. May I notarize a document that is to be recorded in Virginia.National Notary Association22 Jul 2014Hello Brenda, thank you for your question. As the hotline tip above states, it doesn’t matter where the documents will be filed, as long as the notarization you perform is within your jurisdiction and you follow the laws of the state where you are commissioned.Denise Griffith27 Jul 2014I'm a notary in Massachusetts and a friend ends up in Connecticut at hospital waiting for emergency surgery but needs a proxy notarized...can I do it?National Notary Association28 Jul 2014Hi Denise, thank you for your question. I'm sorry, but Massachusetts only permits its Notaries to notarize documents within the borders of the state-you may not travel to notarize a document in Connecticut. Your friend would have to ask a Connecticut Notary for assistance.Whitney30 Jul 2014I am a notary in New York. My cousin lives in Florida. He asked if I can notarize his marriage license. Can I?National Notary Association31 Jul 2014Hello Whitney, Thank you for your question. You didn't specify what kind of notarization your cousin is asking for, but there are a couple of possible issues based on the situation you describe. First, if your cousin wants a copy certification done, New York does not permit copy certification, either directly or by document custodian, for vital records such as birth, marriage and death certificates. Second, though some New York residents may qualify for a commission in Connecticut or New Jersey, a New York Notary does not have jurisdiction to notarize documents in the state of Florida. Any notarial act your cousin requested would have to be permitted and take place within New York's borders. Since it sounds like there may be additional complications regarding this request, I would suggest that you contact our Hotline counselors at email@example.com with additional details and ask if they can provide further guidance for you. I hope this information helps you. Have a great day.Danisha Reed31 Jul 2014Hi I am a South Carolina Notary can I Notorize for the entire state of South Carolina.National Notary Association31 Jul 2014Hi Danisha, thank you for your question. South Carolina Notaries have statewide jurisdiction, so you may notarize anywhere within the state's borders. Have a great day.Anna25 Aug 2014Hi, I am a notary in Virginia but recently moved to New York. A friend here in NY needs needs a document notarized. Am I able to notarize a document in NY state although my commission is originated from Virginia? Any guidance is greatly appreciated.National Notary Association26 Aug 2014Hello Anna, thank you for your question. First, are you still regularly employed in Virginia? Virginia only allows out-of-state residents to maintain a Notary commission if the Notary is regularly employed in Virginia. (COV 47.1-4) A nonresident Notary who ceases to be regularly employed in Virginia must surrender his or her commission. Second, is the document is paper or electronic and where is the document going to be used? Virginia Notaries may notarize a traditional paper document outside the state's borders only if the document is intended to be used in the Commonwealth of Virginia or by the U.S. federal government. Otherwise, a traditional paper document must be notarized within Virginia's borders. The Commonwealth of Virginia has separate rules for becoming an electronic Notary and notarizing electronic documents. For more information on Virginia eNotarizations, please see https://commonwealth.virginia.gov/official-documents/notary-commissions/.Hannah28 Aug 2014I am a minor planning on getting a tattoo with my mom in Florida. I need a underage (over 16) document notarized to get a tattoo even with my mom there. Can I have the document notarized in Ohio or does it need to be done in Florida?National Notary Association28 Aug 2014Hello Hannah, Thanks for your question. We would recommend contacting either the issuing agency or the document recipient to confirm with them whether an out-of-state notarization on the document would be acceptable.Kyle28 Aug 2014If I am a notary in the State of Indiana and am asked to notarize a Wisconsin document for someone who is presenting a Wisconsin driver's license and, thus, presumed to be a resident of Wisconsin, can I notarize this document? The notarization would take place within the boundaries of the State of Indiana.National Notary Association28 Aug 2014Hi Kyle. The Indiana Secretary of State's official Notary guide provides the following guidelines for identifying signers: "In the event a notary public does not know the person presenting the instrument for notarization, the notary should do the following: Ask the person for identification (driver's license), or Have another person identify the party requesting notarization. If neither option is available or satisfactory, the notary may ask the person to take an oath as to his/her identity. If these attempts at identification are unsuccessful, the notary may refuse service for his/her own protection." Since the notarization is taking place in Indiana and the guide lists a driver's license as an example of identification you can accept from a signer, you should be able to accept a Wisconsin driver's license as ID.Patrick28 Aug 2014I need to have a document notarized for a divorce in BC Canada, but I live in Virginia. Am I able to get a foreign document notarized by a VA Notary?National Notary Association28 Aug 2014Hi Patrick. You should check with the document issuing agency in Canada to find out what type of notarial act is being requested. If it's an act a Virginia Notary can perform, then you should be able to have it notarized in Virginia. If the act is one that Virginia notarized aren't authorized to perform then you may need to contact a local Canadian consulate or embassy for assistance in having the document notarized.Georgia Shumpert04 Sep 2014Can a North Carolina notary notarized legal documents to be filed in South CarolinaNational Notary Association05 Sep 2014Hello Georgia, There should be no issues with notarizing the documents, provided they meet all requirements for notarization under North Carolina law. Thanks and have a great weekend.Donna08 Sep 2014I am a Nebraka notary, can I notarize a car title for Arizona when my friend comes here to Nebraska for a visit?National Notary Association08 Sep 2014Hello Donna. Nebraska Notaries have jurisdiction to notarize documents within the borders of the state (RSN 64-101). Provided the notarization takes place within the borders of Nebraska, the requested notarial act is one you are authorized to perform in Nebraska and all other requirements under Nebraska Notary law are met, you should be able to notarize the document. nicole17 Sep 2014Im a notary in Texas and they are asking me to notarize an affidavit of gift of motor vehicle going to New Mexico can I notarize both the affidavit of donor and affidavit of recipient if they are both present of course. Its going from Texas to New Mexico.National Notary Association24 Sep 2014Hello, Nicole, thanks for your question. We forwarded it to our Hotline team and here's their response: "As a Texas Notary Public you can notarize both of the signer's signatures, as long as they are both present. Make sure that the notarial wording on the document is correct and there is room to make a clear impression of your commission stamp. If there is no room for a clear impression of your stamp, then attach a loose certificate of the same notarial act. If there is incorrect notarial wording, then attach a loose certificate of the same notarial act. Only fill out the attached loose certificate, then sign, stamp and staple the certificate to the affidavit."Frances Rodriguez26 Sep 2014I'm a Notary in Texas. May I notarize a document for someone who lives in New Mexico?National Notary Association29 Sep 2014Hello, Thanks for your question. Texas Notaries are authorized to notarize documents within the borders of the state. (GC 406.003). You would not be able to travel to New Mexico to perform the notarization, however, if the signer traveled to your state you could notarize the document in Texas, provided all other requirements of Texas notarial law are met.Andrew Hwang02 Oct 2014My friend is a Notary in New Jersey. May he notarize a document that is to be recorded in New York?National Notary Association03 Oct 2014Hello, A New Jersey Notary may notarize a document to be recorded in New York, provided the notarization takes place within the borders of New Jersey and all other requirements for notarization under New Jersey law are met.dana08 Oct 2014I'm a Florida notary and my best friend who is in Virginia needs a power of attorney notarized. .. Can I do it with my Florida stamp?National Notary Association09 Oct 2014Hello Dana, Thanks for your question. You may notarize signatures on the document provided the notarization takes place in Florida, the signer appears in person before you for the notarization and the notarial act meets all requirements of Florida law. You may not travel to Virginia to notarize the document there. Carlene15 Oct 2014can I notarize an affidavit for child care in the state of TexasNational Notary Association15 Oct 2014Yes, provided the notarization request meets all requirements of Texas law. Natalie16 Oct 2014As an Indiana notary can I notarize documents in the state of Ohio?National Notary Association16 Oct 2014Hello, No, an Indiana Notary may only notarize within the borders of the state. Tanya 24 Oct 2014I'm an Arizona Notary. Can I travel to California and notarize documents there? I was told yes by a lawyer who referenced Arizona statue 33-501. Thank you.National Notary Association24 Oct 2014Hello Tanya, Arizona Notaries are only authorized to notarize documents within the boundaries of the state. (ARS 41-312). Also, page 14 of the Arizona Notary Public Handbook published by the Secretary of State's office says: "Arizona notaries public may only notarize documents within the state boundaries of Arizona." You can download and read a PDF copy here: http://www.azsos.gov/business_services/notary/Notary_Public_Reference_Manual.pdfjohn03 Nov 2014My LLC is in NY. I do a lot of my work in NE Pennsylvania. If I apply for a NY notary can I also notarize documents in Pennsylvania, or must I become a PA notary?National Notary Association03 Nov 2014Hello John, A New York Notary only has jurisdiction within the borders of New York. To notarize in PA, you would need a Pennsylvania commission. PA Notary applicants must either be residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or be employed and maintain a physical business address within the Commonwealth. OLIVIA LORENZO06 Nov 2014I just received my divorce papers from Florida and they need to be signed and notarized. I live in New Jersey and the papers states STATE OF FLORIDA....can a New Jersey Notary notarize it? Should'nt it state STATE OF NEW JERSEY?National Notary Association13 Nov 2014Hello Olivia, The state entered in the venue portion of the notarial certificate should reflect the location where the notarization took place. For more information, please see this article: http://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2014/11/out-of-state-document-notarizationKC10 Nov 2014I am a New York State Notary, if I move to MA and surrender my commission in NYS, do I have to retake the exam in the new state to become Notary in that state?National Notary Association12 Nov 2014Hello KC. Yes, that's correct-you will need to apply for a new Notary commission in Massachusetts if you wish to become a Notary after moving to that state.TC13 Nov 2014Can a Florida Notary notarize in Costa Rica?National Notary Association13 Nov 2014Hello, No, a Florida Notary's jurisdiction is statewide only.TC13 Nov 2014Thank you, thank you, thank you. I had to tell 2 attorneys the same thing and they seem to think there is some precedent that a Florida Notary can go to the US Embassy/Consulate in Costa Rica and notarize. I disputed this with the attorney and he seemed to think I was wrong.National Notary Association14 Nov 2014You're welcome. FS 117.01 states "Notaries public shall be appointed for 4 years and shall use and exercise the office of notary public within the boundaries of this state."David 21 Nov 2014I have to sign a legal verification document for a case filed in West Virginia. My company is based in Pennsylvania and my employee who is a notary is registered in PA. The form itself had the WV county and State information filled out by our PA attorney. He has directed us to sign and notarize in PA but the document clearly says WV. We crossed it out, wrote in PA, and the attorney rejected it. Who is correct? I understand that the document has to be filed in court in the WV county, but I thought that the notary is notarizing my signature in the state where I sign it. The state is in the upper left with the S S designation, which I understand to be the County and State that I appear before the notary in. Am I wrong? Thank you.National Notary Association21 Nov 2014Hello David, The venue on the Notary certificate wording indicates the location where the notarization takes place, not the location where the document is going to be filed. Pennsylvania Notaries only have jurisdiction to notarize within the borders of the state, not outside it. (57 PS 148) Falsely indicating that a notarization took place in a state you are not authorized to notarize in could result in disciplinary action by the PA Department of State, including a written reprimand, suspension of your commission or revocation of your commission. (57 PS 168)David Mantheiy22 Nov 2014Thank you so much for your prompt response. You've confirmed our position, which I will try to convey to our attorney.Cindy Joseph05 Dec 2014I am a New York State Notary and was asked to notarize a signature on an affidavit in Baltimore, MD. Can I notarize this affidavit?National Notary Association05 Dec 2014Hello, Cindy. Yes, provided the signer personally appears before you and the notarization takes place within the borders of New York state, and all requirements under New York state law are met.Sharon08 Dec 2014I am a notary in the State of Minnesota, I have just moved to Georgia and need to notarize some paperwork for my employer here. Would that be a valid notarization?National Notary Association08 Dec 2014Hello Sharon, Minnesota Notaries only have jurisdiction to notarize within the boundaries of Minnesota. You may not notarize documents while traveling in another state such as Georgia. If you have moved to Georgia, to continue serving as a Notary you will need to resign your MN commission and apply for a Georgia commission. Pen09 Dec 2014Can my Uncle have a document notarized in NC? He needs a document stating he allows his ex wife to take his son out of the country to visit family for 2 weeks. He has recently moved back to NC from Nevada.National Notary Association10 Dec 2014Hello Pen, Your uncle may certainly request a notarization in North Carolina, provided he appears before the Notary in person and meets all other requirements of NC notarial law. However, if your uncle is unsure whether a notarization would be accepted by the document's receiving agency for some reason, he would need to contact the receiving agency or consult with a qualified attorney for additional instructions. Rese10 Dec 2014I am a GA notary. Can I notarize a document in Alabama?National Notary Association10 Dec 2014Hello Rese, No, Georgia Notaries only have jurisdiction to notarize within the boundaries of the state. (OCGA 45-17-9)Sharon15 Dec 2014We are in NJ and have a document that needs to be signed by both an NJ and DE notary. Short of driving to DE (which is not an option) how can I get a Delaware notary to sign a document when I am in NJ? Thank you!National Notary Association15 Dec 2014Hello Sharon, Delaware Notaries only have jurisdiction to notarize within their state's borders. If you wish to have your signature notarized by a Delaware Notary, you will need to travel to that state to have it done.Dina Swan29 Dec 2014Can you notarize a document in Indiana for someone who lives in Illinois, if the notary is commissioned in Indiana?National Notary Association29 Dec 2014Yes, provided the document signer appears in person before the Notary within the borders of Indiana and all other requirements of Indiana law are met. Pam29 Dec 2014I have hired an employee who is a notary in Illinois. We are located in Indiana. Can she notarize documents for our clients here in Indiana?National Notary Association29 Dec 2014Hello, No, a Notary commissioned in Illinois may only notarize within the borders of Illinois. You would need to contact an Indiana Notary for assistance. Judith29 Dec 2014If I have a Note and Mortgage in PA, can I have these notarized in Broward county FL?National Notary Association29 Dec 2014Yes, but only if the document signer personally appears with the original documents before the Notary in Florida and all other requirements for notarization under Florida's laws are met. You may also wish to contact the receiving agency to ask if they will accept documents that are notarized in a different state.Lee02 Jan 2015Can WV notary notarize a document in KentuckyNaitonal Notary Association05 Jan 2015Hello, No, a Notary commissioned in West Virginia may only notarize documents within the boundaries of the state. (WCV 29C-2-102.)Ada Jane Coleman08 Jan 2015We live in Indiana. We need a document notarized by two people: a person living in Alabama along with another person living in Indiana. Can we send the document to Alabama to be notarized and then receive it back here to be notarized in Indiana? (The document would be executed in the state of Indiana.)National Notary Association08 Jan 2015Yes. In both cases, the signer must appear in person before the Notary to have their signature notarized. Melanie Cuevas10 Jan 2015My husband is leaving soon and we currently live in VA. We need to do a last will and testament for him. We will be moving to FL while he is gone. If we have the will notarized in VA will it uphold in FL or do we need to get a will that states the county we will be living in in FL? THANKS IN ADVANCE!National Notary Association12 Jan 2015Hello Melanie, I apologize, but because this question is regarding the legality of the will and we are not authorized to give legal advice, you would need to contact an attorney familiar with Florida law regarding wills and testaments to answer that question. Rich12 Jan 2015Getting a divorce and wife lives in foreign country, will the courts accept her notarized documents from her country of residence?National Notary Association12 Jan 2015Hello Rich, That's a question that would depend on the individual court agency accepting the documents. You may wish to contact the court directly or consult with an attorney familiar with the laws of the country in question for assistance.James Green15 Jan 2015I am a SC notary and I notarize a lot of files daily for a bank. Due to the volume of documents I notarize, my signature does not always look like my original signature. If I am keeping a record of every document I notarize, is it ok that my signature changes?Yvonne21 Jan 2015Can a Minnesota notary living in Mexico still notarize documents while out of the USA?National Notary Association21 Jan 2015Hello, No, a MN Notary may only notarize within the state's borders.Kristina05 Feb 2015Hello - I am a Notary in Massachusetts, I need to notarize a document signed in CT, will this be possible and will the document hold up?National Notary Association09 Feb 2015Hello, You may notarize the document provided that the signer personally appears before you in the state of Massachusetts and follows all requirements of MA law for the notarial act.Donald 19 Feb 2015Buying a car from Indiana, and I live in Kentucky. Since it is registered in Indiana, does the out of state transfer paper have to be notarized by a notary from Indiana, or can it be a notary from Kentucky?National Notary Association19 Feb 2015Hello, There is nothing in Kentucky or Indiana Notary law prohibiting you from having the document notarized in either state, provided the signer physically appears before the Notary within the state where the Notary is commissioned and all other state law requirements are met. However, you may wish to contact the vehicle seller to ask if the seller has a requirement for the document to be notarized in a particular state.Robert K20 Feb 2015I am a notary in NJ as part of my company and we have a satellite office in Ny. If employees in NY bring me documents and sign them in front of me in NJ, is that allowed? Also can I hold duel notary commissions in NJ and NYNational Notary Association21 Feb 2015Hello Robert, Yes, you may perform notarizations for the employees, provided that they personally appear before you in New Jersey and all other requirements of New Jersey notarial law are met. Persons residing in other states but who have an office or place of business in New York State may become New York State Notaries. Sandy hall28 Feb 2015I am a notary in ohio, can a wv resident bring a document to me to notarize and it will be legal in wv?National Notary Association02 Mar 2015Hi Sandy. A person from West Virginia could certainly bring a document to Ohio and request that you notarize it. You would need to follow all required procedures under Ohio Notary law. However, for any questions regarding the legality of a notarized document, the signer would need to consult an attorney.Molly05 Mar 2015Okay so In Maine, minors can't get tattoos. I am going to Florida this year before I turn 18 and want to get a tattoo. Can I get the consent form needed to get a tattoo in Florida, notarized in Maine before I go?National Notary Association06 Mar 2015Hello Molly. It sounds like you want to know if a notarized consent form for a tattoo would be legally acceptable in Florida. Unfortunately, that's a legal question that we can't answer. While you can request your signature to be notarized on any document in Maine--provided that the notarization meets all requirements of Maine Notary law--notarization by itself doesn't guarantee that a business won't refuse a document for other reasons. Jessica05 Mar 2015Hi there, I'm filling out an application for a new Birth Certificate based on Perentage (for our son, & yes we are married now) & wanted to know if we can get it notarized in California even though he was born in Texas? National Notary Association06 Mar 2015Hi Jessica. You should contact the vital records agency you are submitting the application to and ask for specific instructions regarding notarizing the application document. Carina10 Mar 2015I'm a Florida notary and court reporter. Can I administer an oath in Indiana for a deposition?National Notary Association10 Mar 2015Hello Carina. Florida Notaries may only notarize within the borders of their own state. You cannot administer an oath in Indiana.Deborah14 Mar 2015I live in New Hampshire I work in Massachusetts I would like to be a notary in Massachusetts to be an asset to my employer and my able to do thisNational Notary Association16 Mar 2015Hello Deborah. An applicant for a commission as a Massachusetts Notary Public must (EO Sec. 3[a]): (a) be at least 18 years old and (b) reside legally or conduct business on a regular basis within Massachusetts. margaret24 Mar 2015I am a NY notary can i notarize a power of attorney in CT?National Notary Association24 Mar 2015Hello. No, New York Notaries may only notarize within the borders of their state.tom24 Mar 2015Hi,Can I get a PA power of attorney/living will document notarized in the state of NJ? ThanksNational Notary Association24 Mar 2015Hello. A NJ-commissioned Notary may notarize a document brought from another state. The document signer must appear in person before the Notary within the borders of NJ and meet all other requirements of NJ Notary law. Joe25 Mar 2015I am an NY notary asked to notarize a document in NY. The document will be submitted to a court in Ohio. Ohio requires a seal, but NY does not. Do I need to include a seal on the document?National Notary Association25 Mar 2015Hello. As long as the document is notarized according to NY law, it should be accepted in Ohio.Monique Hunt25 Mar 2015I am a notary in NY and I am asked to notarize something for NJ, am I allowed to do this?National Notary Association26 Mar 2015Hello Monique. A signer from New Jersey could bring a document to you and have you notarize it within the borders of New York. However, you cannot travel to New Jersey to notarize a document there. Maria27 Mar 2015Hi I am a notary in Texas and currently live in Mexico, a co workers needs something notarized for the state of texas. Buit we are currently in a foreign country. May I still notarize?National Notary Association27 Mar 2015Hello. No, I'm sorry, but Texas does not authorize Notaries to perform their duties outside the borders of the state.Jessica30 Mar 2015I am getting married in married, but I live in pa, the marriage application states its needs to be signed by an official who can issue marriage licenses in my area. Does a notary count? Can they sign it, instead of going to the county courthouse?National Notary Association01 Apr 2015Hello Jessica. Notaries in Pennsylvania are not authorized to issue marriage licenses.Tu30 Mar 2015I am NJ Notary and work in NY. Is it true that a NJ notary is permitted to notarize documents in Manhanttan? If yes, please provide the rule permitting. Thank you.National Notary Association01 Apr 2015Hello. A New Jersey commission only permits you to notarize within the borders of the state of New Jersey. However, if you have an office or place of business in New York state, you may apply for a New York Notary commission that would permit you to notarize within the borders of New York. If you need assistance or information about becoming a New York Notary, you can contact our Customer Care team at 1-800-876-6827 or services@NationalNotary.org.Matt31 Mar 2015I am executor of my brother's estate. I live in NY, he lived in Pennsylvania. As executor I am authorized to sell his vehicles on behalf of the estate. The PA title for his car requires a notarized signature to sell. Do I need to travel to PA to have a PA notarize my signature, or can I use a NY notary?National Notary Association01 Apr 2015Hello Matt. We're sorry, but we can't answer legal questions regarding the disposition of a deceased individual's estate. Any such questions should be directed to a qualified attorney.Ben11 Apr 2015So I had a document e-notarized by a Virginia notary for a document i'm using for Texas, will it be valid?National Notary Association14 Apr 2015Hi Ben. Generally, a document that is notarized in compliance with its origin state's laws is acceptable if sent to another state. However, without knowing more about the specific details of the document in question, it's impossible to be sure if another issue might lead to the document being rejected. For example, the document is a real property document and the county it is sent to doesn’t have an electronic recording system, it may present challenges. Or the particular agency relying on the document may be more comfortable with a paper firstname.lastname@example.org Apr 2015Can a Texas Notary notarize a Colorado Medical Power of Attorney and a Colorado Durable Power of Attorney?National Notary Association16 Apr 2015Hi Beth. You may notarize a document prepared in another state. However, the signer would need to personally appear before you in your state (in this case, Texas), and you would need to follow all of your state's rules regarding notarization, including how to identify the signer, the notarial certificate wording used, etc. 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.