Notary Bulletin

What Is ... Discrimination?

Discrimination is unequal treatment of someone without due and lawful cause.

As part of your notarial duties, you are professionally obligated to impartially honor any lawful and reasonable request for a notarization. For example, you should not refuse a signer whose document supported a political candidate you dislike, or a document that endorses a cause or movement you oppose. Refusing to perform a notarization because of your personal beliefs regarding the signer's political position, creed, religion or ethnicity would be discrimination.

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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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