Notary Bulletin Hotline Tip: Can Notaries Notarize Signatures For Non-English Documents? By NNA Staff on February 21, 2013 in Hotline Tips My sister-in-law, who lives in Italy, is sending me a Power of Attorney to sign that is written in Italian and requires notarization. If I provide valid ID and the Notary knows me personally and understands the type of document I am signing, is it necessary for me to translate the document before she can notarize it? - M.M., Newtown Square, PA You will need to complete and attach a notarial certificate for the Power of Attorney in English. However, the Power of Attorney itself need not be translated into English unless it will be recorded with the local recorder of deeds in a Pennsylvania county’s land records. 42 Pa.C.S.A. § 4302 requires all foreign language documents presented for recordation to be accompanied by a full English translation. 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 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 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.