Notary Bulletin 'Specially Designated Nationals' On Federal Watch List By NNA Staff on January 27, 2011 in Financial and Corporate Services, Legal Professionals Notaries must be aware that the U.S. Department of Treasury prohibits certain foreign nationals from doing business with the U.S., and if one of them requests a notarization it must be refused. These “Specially Designated Nationals” (SDNs) are flagged due to their suspected involvement in illegal, terrorist or other activities that threaten national security. Performing a notarization or other business service for one of them could result in fines or other civil penalties. While state laws do not specifically require Notaries to check whether a signer is on the government’s SDN list, you should consult the list as a precaution. This is especially relevant for noncustomers who request a notarization, or signers who seek the services of mobile Notaries outside of a bank or business to avoid detection. The Treasury Department’s list of SDNs can be found online. Email Share Leave a Comment Required * Name * Email *(for verfication purposes only) Comment * Enter the text shown in this image *(text is case sensitive)All comments are reviewed and if approved, will display.