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Notary Bulletin

Hotline Tip: Can I Notarize For Non-U.S. Citizens?

NNA Hotline Tips For NotariesAre Notaries required to only serve signers who are U.S. citizens, or are we allowed to notarize for foreign signers?

As a Notary, your role is to serve the public, including any member of the general public or foreign-born individual who requests a lawful notarization performed. In other words, you mustn’t turn away a client based upon his or her nationality.

Notaries exist in every country, and are, in fact, trusted by foreign visitors to help process paperwork that is often critically important in their lives. Only when an illegal or unauthorized notarial act is requested – as when a signer is unable to produce identification that satisfies the Notary laws – is a Notary justified in refusing to serve a non-native.


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) 876-0827Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST; Saturday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST

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