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Sending A Completed, Loose Certificate Not Allowed

By Kelle Clarke on October 01, 2014 - I notarized a deed that had an area at the bottom of the page for the seal. The expiration date on the seal image had become illegible. The escrow company asked me to send a loose certificate with my stamp. What is the best practice in this situation?

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Personal Appearance Vs. Webcam Notarization

By Kelle Clarke on September 24, 2014 - I have been asked to notarize documents for a wheelchair-bound client. She requested to perform the notarization online using Skype and a fax machine, using Internet video technology to identify her as the signer. Are these procedures acceptable?

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When A Customer Takes Your Seal

By David Thun on September 18, 2014 - A customer came into my office and asked to have her signature notarized on some documents. She left — and then I noticed my stamp was missing! What should I do?

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May I Notarize A Child Custody Transfer Document For A Parent?

By David Thun on September 10, 2014 - Can you notarize a document transferring child custody? Learn more in the National Notary Association’s Hotline Tip of the week!

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Can I Notarize Signatures On Adoption Documents?

By David Thun on September 04, 2014 - I am a new Notary and work in a hospital. I work closely with our newborn nursery staff, and we often have adoption papers that must be notarized. Am I allowed to notarize these?

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What If The Notary Certificate Has The Wrong Venue Information?

By David Thun on August 27, 2014 - I am a notary in PA. My firm recently submitted for a project in NJ. When I was given the document to notarize, it had already been filled out “County of ___________ in the State of NJ.” How am I supposed to fill this out?

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Can I Use Correction Fluid To Edit A Journal Entry?

By NNA Staff on August 20, 2014 - I had a scheduled notarization, but while filling out my journal the signers changed their mind and wanted to reschedule for another time. While nothing was notarized, I filled our journal entries. Should I use correction fluid to blot out the entries, or draw a line through them?

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Can I Alter Wording On An Acknowledgment Certificate?

By David Thun on August 13, 2014 - Is it true that you can no longer alter California Notary certificate wording to be specific to the gender/number of people that you are notarizing for?

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Can I Notarize A Birth Certificate Requested In Another Country?

By David Thun on August 06, 2014 - Mexican officials told my client that they needed her son’s birth certificate with an apostille attached so he can attend school there.The family wants me to notarize a copy. Am I allowed to do this?

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Can I Use An Out-Of-State ID To Apply For A Notary Commission?

By NNA Staff on July 31, 2014 - I am a Colorado Notary who is about to move to Texas, and I’d like to apply for a Texas Notary commission. Can I do that even though I still have my Colorado driver’s license?

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