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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?

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