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Hotline Tip: Copy Certification For Passport Pages

In a recent Bulletin Hotline Tip, a Notary asked if he could certify copies of passports, and you stated that while Notaries are unable to certify copies of passports, they can, in fact, perform a “copy certification by document custodian.” Would the same steps apply if, rather than a copy of the entire passport, the client only wanted certain pages of the passport certified by a document custodian? B.M., Berkeley, CA

Yes, you would still perform a copy certification by document custodian. If the passport is not complete, the document custodian would write that these are true and correct copies of specific pages from their passport, not that it was a complete copy of the passport. The rest of the procedure would remain the same.

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

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Quiz: The Many Types Of Notarial Acts

Notaries perform many different duties for the public — and it’s easy to lose track of the different acts and what states they’re authorized in. Test your familiarity with common — and uncommon — notarial acts.

(A link to the correct answers is provided at the end of the quiz.)

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