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Notary Bulletin

Can A Notary Act As A Process Server?

NNA Hotline Tips For NotariesCan a Florida Notary serve a summons if they sign a sworn statement that they acted as a process server? Are Notaries allowed to become process servers? – J.L., Margate, FL

According to page 12 of the Florida Governor’s Reference Manual For Notaries, the duties of a Notary Public are “very limited and are regulated by the Secretary of State.” The manual further states that you cannot use your title as Notary Public or your stamp for non-notarial uses because it is considered improper use of those items. A Notary Public acting as a Process Server is, therefore, not an authorized act. A Notary can become a process server, if that’s what you choose to do, but it is considered a totally separate act from your role as a Notary.

Find out more about becoming a Process Server.


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

Kelle Clarke is a Contributing Editor with the National Notary Association.

 

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