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Hotline Tip: Can I Notarize A Document In Which I'm Mentioned?

NNA Hotline Tips For NotariesI’ve been asked to notarize a document that includes my name on a list of people being authorized as representatives of the signer. Can I perform this notarization, or should I get a Notary who is not mentioned in the document to perform it? — W.H., Christiansburg, VA

You should not perform this notarization because you have a direct interest in the document. Notaries in Virginia — and many states — cannot notarize any documents in which they are a party or have a direct interest. (COV 47.1-30) You will want to find an impartial Notary to complete this notarization.


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Averie Kenery

10 Jun 2019

I’m notarizing an Acknowledgment for an International Travel Consent for my brother giving medical and travel consent to his wife (the Mother) for their son. I am mentioned as “additional persons in traveling party” on the document because I will also be on the trip. I will not receive medical or travel consent for my nephew. Can I notarized this document for them?

National Notary Association

12 Jun 2019

Hello. To help us answer your question can you please tell us what state you are commissioned in?

14 Dec 2020

The co-owner of my car needs to get a document notarized that authorizes me to retrieve my car out the impound the can I notarize this document for them?

National Notary Association

15 Dec 2020

Hello. If you are named as a party named in or benefitting from the document, you should not notarize it. Another Notary who is not involved in the document should be used instead.


08 Mar 2022

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