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Hotline Tip: What ‘Venue’ Refers To On Notarial Certificates

New Hotline Resized 3The “venue” portion of the notarial certificate can be a source of confusion for Notaries. The venue denotes where the actual notarization took place, not where your bond is filed, where you live or where you hold your commission.

Even though the certificate is the province of the Notary, it will sometimes be completed before the Notary receives the document — and not always correctly. In these cases, the Notary should draw a line through the incorrect venue and write in the correct one.

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 1-888-876-0827, Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST; Saturday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST.


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14 Jun 2021

How would I fill out me space where it says "place of issue"

National Notary Association

17 Jun 2021

Based on what you’ve described, we think it would be best if you contacted our Hotline team by phone and provided them with a more detailed description of the situation. The NNA Hotline: 1-888-876-0827 Mon – Fri: 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (PT) Saturday: 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PT) If you’re not an NNA Member or Hotline Subscriber, they will provide you with a one-time courtesy call.

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