Notary Bulletin Hotline Tip: Can Notaries Perform Work-Related Notarizations In Other States? By Kelle Clarke on May 21, 2014 in Hotline Tips I manage our company’s team of Notaries, one of whom is located in Alabama and will soon be taking a business trip to Texas. She is interested in performing notarizations while there, as part of her job responsibilities. While I have performed notarizations for clients pertaining to documents from other states, I’ve never performed notarizations in a state outside of my own. Would this be an acceptable practice? – S.F., Peoria, IL Illinois Notaries can only notarize within the boundaries of the state or jurisdiction in which they are commissioned. For example, as you are located in Illinois, you could not notarize for a signer located in Wisconsin; however, it is perfectly okay for a customer to cross the border from Wisconsin into Illinois and have you perform a notarization. Likewise, your employee in Alabama cannot perform notarizations while in Texas, even if they are for business purposes. She can only notarize within the boundaries of Alabama, where she is commissioned. 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. 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 (888) 876-0827, Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST; Saturday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST Email Share 12 Comments Add your commentAnn Brathwaite14 Oct 2014I am in PA on the border of NJ, I read that NJ Would allow me to notarize a document if it's in the county just over the border. Please advise.National Notary Association15 Oct 2014Hello Ann. Pennsylvania Notaries are only commissioned to notarize documents within the borders of Pennsylvania. Residents of Pennsylvania may apply for a New Jersey Notary commission if they maintain or are regularly employed in an office in New Jersey. Nancy Thiemann16 Oct 2014I am in OK. Are there any states that allow notaries to notarize documents outside of the borders of the state that they are commissioned in?National Notary Association17 Oct 2014Hello Nancy, Oklahoma Notaries only have jurisdiction to notarize within their state. The following states allow Notaries limited authority to notarize outside of the borders of the state they are commissioned in: 1. Idaho permits Notaries to notarize outside the state only in connection with a deed or other writing to be recorded in the state of Idaho. (IC 51-107) 2. Montana allows its Notaries to perform notarial acts in a bordering state that recognizes the Notary's authority-currently that includes the bordering states of Wyoming and North Dakota only. (MCA 1-5-605) 3. North Dakota allows its Notaries to perform notarial acts in a state that recognizes the Notary's authority (NDCC 47-19-55) 4. Virginia permits its Notaries to notarize worldwide for any document intended to be used in Virginia or by the U.S. government (COV 47.1-13[B]) 5. Wyoming allows its Notaries to perform notarial acts in a bordering state that recognizes the Notary's authority-currently that includes Montana only. (WS 32-1-109)Gina Bauer17 Oct 2014What about NJ notaries notarizing in NY? I work in NJ but live in NY.National Notary Association17 Oct 2014No, a New Jersey commission only permits notarizations within the borders of New Jersey. You would require a New York Notary Public commission to notarize documents in the state of New York.CLEVE27 Oct 2014LIVE IN LOUISIANA CAN YOU NOTARIZE FOR TEXAS AND TEXAS NOTARIZE FOR LOUISIANANational Notary Association28 Oct 2014Hello, Texas Notaries only have jurisdiction to notarize within the borders of the state of Texas (GC 406.003). Louisiana Notaries who are attorneys may notarize statewide within Louisiana (RS 35:191[P][a]), and nonattorney LA Notaries may notarize within their parish. However, any commissioned LA nonattorney Notary in and for any parish in the state who passed the state written exam after 6-13-2005 may exercise notarial authority statewide. (RS 35:191[P][b]). Neither Texas nor Louisiana allow nonresidents to apply for Notary commissions.Ruth01 Dec 2015Can a Missouri Notary notarize a CA document?National Notary Association01 Dec 2015Hello. Yes, the signer would have to appear in person before the Notary in Missouri and all other requirements for a notarization under MO law would have to be met.Vincent Viscuse04 May 2016I am a licensed notary in New York State. Would I be allowed to notarize any documents outside NY? For example, could I perform any notarizations in West Virginia?National Notary Association04 May 2016Hi Vincent. No, you may only perform notarizations within the borders of the state of New York. 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.