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Hotline Tip: Certified Copies Of Marriage Certificates

NNA Hotline Tips For NotariesI have been asked by signers to notarize a copy of their marriage certificate. The signer has written "I certify this to be a true copy of my marriage certificate" on a document, to which he has asked if I could attach a jurat. Is this a permissible notarial act? – L.T., Raleigh, NC

Since North Carolina Notaries may not perform copy certifications, the signer is asking you to notarize his or her signature on a statement that a photocopy of a marriage license is a true and correct copy of the original certificate. While this procedure, called "Copy Certification by Document Custodian," is a permissible act for many types of documents, it may not be used to notarize any vital records, including marriage, birth, death, or divorce certificates. Therefore, unfortunately, you would not be able to notarize or otherwise "certify" your signer’s marriage certificate.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. — The Editors

Kelle Clarke is a Contributing Editor with the National Notary Association.

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05 Jan 2016

Is this apply in California as well?

National Notary Association

06 Jan 2016

Hello. CA Notaries cannot certify copies of marriage certificates.

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