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FAQ: Can I Notarize Documents In Other States Or Countries?

out-of-state-map-resized.jpgUpdate 5-6-19. Notaries often ask the NNA if they can notarize signatures when visiting a different state or a foreign country. We’ve prepared this guide to help answer your questions about notarizing in other states or nations.

Notarial Acts In Other States?

Most U.S. states and jurisdictions only authorize commissioned Notaries Public or other notarial officers recognized under state law to perform notarial acts within the borders of the commissioning state or jurisdiction. For example, a Notary commissioned in California or Florida may perform notarizations anywhere within the commissioning state’s borders, but may not perform a notarization in another state such as Georgia.

There are a handful of states that permit notarizations outside the state, but only under specific conditions or for certain types of documents:

  • Kentucky Notaries may apply to get a Special Commission, which authorizes them to notarize documents inside or outside the state as long as the document will be recorded in Kentucky (KRS 423.110[6]). Special Commission Notaries may be nonresidents. 
  • Montana allows its Notaries to perform notarial acts in a bordering state that recognizes the Notary's authority — currently only Wyoming and North Dakota do this (MCA 1-5-605[4]). (Also see “Webcam Or Remote Notarizations” below for additional information.)
  • North Dakota allows its Notaries to perform notarial acts in a state that recognizes the Notary's authority. Currently only Montana does this (NDCC 44-06.1-09).
  • Virginia Notaries may notarize a document inside or outside the Commonwealth if the document will be used in the Commonwealth or by the U.S. government (COV 47.1-13[B], 47.1-13.1). (Also see “Webcam Or Remote Notarization” below for additional information.)
  • Wyoming allows its Notaries to perform notarial acts in a bordering state that recognizes the Notary's authority — currently only Montana does this (WS 32-1-105[d]).

Can A Notary Commission Be Transferred?

Many Notaries have asked, “If I move to another state, can I transfer my current Notary commission to my new state?”

The answer generally is “no” — Notary commissions are not transferable between states.

If you are relocating to another state, you need to resign your current commission and apply for a Notary commission in your new state.

However, in some jurisdictions it is possible to hold more than one Notary commission if you live in one state and work in another that allows nonresidents to hold a Notary commission (see “Can A Notary Hold Commissions In Multiple States?” below). 

Can I Travel To Another Country To Notarize?

Certain individuals may hold special commissions from the federal government to notarize overseas. Some serving U.S. military personnel are authorized to notarize for military members and their families on U.S. bases in other countries. With the exceptions of the special commissions and situations listed above, Notaries commissioned by a U.S. state are not able to use their Notary commission overseas.

Also, officers of the foreign service of the United States, and consular agents at U.S. embassies and consulates, are authorized under federal law to notarize documents abroad. However, these specialized commissions are not available to Notaries commissioned by U.S. states and jurisdictions.

Webcam Or Remote Notarizations

Virginia, Montana, Nevada, Minnesota and Texas currently authorize qualified Notaries to perform remote online notarizations. Also known as webcam notarizations, these acts permit the Notary to interact with the signer remotely using audiovisual technology over the internet instead of appearing in person before the Notary.

Can A Notary Hold Commissions In Multiple States?

Some jurisdictions allow individuals to apply for a Notary commission in more than one state. In New York, nonresidents may apply for a New York Notary commission, provided they have an office or place of business in the state. For example, a New Jersey resident who has an office in New York could hold a New Jersey Notary commission and a New York Notary commission, authorizing the person to notarize in both states. If you wish to obtain a Notary commission in another state, always check the laws of the state you reside in as well as the state you wish to be commissioned in to make sure it is permissible in both jurisdictions.

David Thun is an Associate Editor at the National Notary Association.

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laura patrick

27 Oct 2014

I am a notary for the state of md. Can I notarized Washington and Virginia documents

National Notary Association

28 Oct 2014

Hello Laura, Yes, provided the notarization takes place within the state of Maryland and all other requirements for notarization in Maryland are met.

Edward Tatro

27 Oct 2014

Maine allows you to hold both a NH and ME Commission. Also NH residents are able to become ME Notaries if conditions are met.

National Notary Association

28 Oct 2014

Hello Edward, The state of Maine permits residents of adjacent states who are regularly employed or conduct business in Maine to apply for a Maine Notary commission (5 MRSA 82[1]). However, a New Hampshire Notary commission requires the applicant to be a resident of New Hampshire (RSA 455:2). So a New Hampshire resident may apply for a Maine Notary commission if the applicant works in Maine, but a Maine resident may not apply for a New Hampshire commission.

Debra A McCarty Julka

27 Oct 2014

It has been extremely interesting and thought provoking to read each article in this current issue--especially the one about charging fees for notarial acts. I was glad that our organization holds the high standards it does. Who of us ever became a notary for the purpose of making money? I'm fairly certain it was for the purpose of assisting others complete a significant and, perhaps, a life-directing act. Having been active in public service all of my career, I wouldn't think for a moment about charging someone. Some things we just do for people to help them. For example, I was impressed by the idea put forth in the current issue about notaries donating their time to help veterans learn to become notaries. What a terrific idea! The State of Wisconsin, by statute outlines the parameters and duties of our notaries. There are several good reasons for the law of our state to suggest there be no charge and to allow no more than a fifty cent charge for any notarial act (which would not only be a bookkeeping nightmare but an amount to be reported as taxable income!). The idea is strongly offered to become notaries simply to help other people. Not many transactions or affirmations in our lives today come without a price tag; our assistance to others is a great way to show that that is not always true.

Fran Jiracek

28 Oct 2014

I notarized for inpatients at the VA Hospital I work at in Illinois. Our veteran population consists of veterans from other than JUST Illinois veterans. The majority of my notaries are POA's for healthcare. I do not charge any fees and have never charged any. I make sure the social worker writes a medical note verifying the veteran is cognizant of what he is signing and that his medical team agrees. My questions is....since the veteran is hospitalized in Illinois but resides in states in the area (i.e., Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin) is my Illinois notarization legal and binding?

National Notary Association

28 Oct 2014

Hello Fran, As long as the notarization takes place in a jurisdiction you're authorized to notarize in (for example, an Illinois Notary within the state of Illinois) and all other requirements for notarization are met, you may perform the notarial act.

Annette

06 Nov 2014

I am a Notary Public in the State of California & would like to know if I can Notorize a Texas Lending ReFi document for a property located in Utah?

National Notary Association

13 Nov 2014

Hello Annette, Yes, as long as the notarization takes place in California and all requirements for notarization under CA law are met. For more information, please see today's article: http://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2014/11/out-of-state-document-notarization

Lisa Holliday

23 Feb 2015

As a Notary Signing Agent, I charge a fee for my time, expense of printing and shipping hundreds of pages per transaction, and travel. We can easily spend 3-4 hours or more on each mortgage or refinance, and there is noing wrong with charging as a notary signing agent. If you have never done it, you have no idea how labor intensive, expensive and stressful it can be. I often do free services for homebound people, but when iI am Working for a title or signing company, they are receiving a fee from the buyer/bwr for my services and that a portion is passed down to me is totally appropriate. For some folks, being a Notary Signing Agent IS a paying job and we are proud of the work we do and the service we provide, closing these often complex transactions in the convenience of people's homes. We invest in a lot of time andtraining to do so. It is not a point and sign single page transaction.

Anat

23 Feb 2015

Hi, I am a notary in the state of CA and sometimes I get documents to sign that goes to another country, like bank statements and or POA etc'. Can I notarize it if the signer is in front of me but the paper goes to other country?

National Notary Association

23 Feb 2015

Hello Anat, Yes, provided the notarization meets all other requirements of California Notary law. (signer identification, notarial certificate wording, etc.)

Janet Rossman

23 Feb 2015

Hello. I have a question about acknowledgements performed in Mexico and written in Spanish. What do I need to do in order to have the county recorder (in California) accept the document? I understand I need the acknowledgment translated, but by whom? Is there a special procedure I need to follow? Thanks so much! Janet

National Notary Association

23 Feb 2015

Hello Janet, For that information, you would need to contact the county recorder's office that the document is being sent to.

Charles Franklin

26 Feb 2015

There was a time that a notary could be a notary at large that could notary work in different countries and states.

sandeep

13 Mar 2015

I am a notary for the state of VA. Can I notarized a document when I am physically present in Washington Dc at Indian passport application center those who want to renew there passport and want to notarize there documents or they have to be in Virginia.

National Notary Association

16 Mar 2015

Hello. Virginia Notaries may only notarize within the borders of their state. The only exceptions to this rule are when notarizing a document intended to be used in Virginia or by the U.S. government. (COV 47.1-13[B])

Rocio Velinov

16 Apr 2015

Very interesting topics and inforamation.

Laura

13 Jul 2015

So I can not notarize outside of my state?

National Notary Association

13 Jul 2015

Hello Laura. Aside from the exceptions listed in the article, Notaries are normally authorized only to notarize within the borders of the state that commissioned them.

Shay

27 Jul 2015

Im a notary in Virgina. Can I hold two notaries. One in which the state I live and in Maryland where my business office is located?

National Notary Association

28 Jul 2015

Hello. Maryland permits out-of-state residents who work in Maryland to become Notaries, provided that the applicant's home state reciprocally permits Maryland residents to hold a Notary commission ((ACM St. Gov. 18-101).

Kellie Meshurle

23 Aug 2015

Many years ago I was a notary in Kentucky but it has since expired and I have moved to Florida. My brother moved with me and he is now getting a divorce from his wife who still lives in Kentucky. He bought the self service divorce forms because I did these when I lived in Kentucky for and my friends. He read the documentation and noted that the forms must be notarized in Ky. or that one of the marital parties must live in the state, so we have that part covered. We just need to understand the notary part. Also, since I was a notary at one time in Kentucky do I have to just renew it or start all over again? Thank you so much for your help. Have a wonderful week!!

National Notary Association

24 Aug 2015

Hello. In order to qualify for a Kentucky Notary commission you must be a resident or be principally employed in the KY county you wish to apply in. If you live in Florida and are not employed in Kentucky, you no longer qualify for a Kentucky Notary commission. Also, you should be very careful not to provide advice on legal documents unless you are a qualified attorney, as nonattorney Notaries can be held liable for the unauthorized practice of law if any problems arise with the documents due to improper advice.

Debbie Walker

25 Aug 2015

I am a Connecticut resident but am employed in New York. Can I become a notary in NY?

National Notary Association

26 Aug 2015

Hello. Yes, a person who has an office or place of business in NY and meets all other requirements for a commission may apply for a NY Notary commission.

Melinda

28 Aug 2015

I reside and am a notary in Indiana. I just took a job in Michigan, can I become a notary for Michigan as well?

National Notary Association

28 Aug 2015

Hello. An out-of-state resident with a principal place of business in Michigan may become a Michigan Notary (MCL 55.271[1]).

Stephanie Roberts

16 Sep 2015

I moved to Mississippi about a year ago and I am a notary in the state of Florida. Can I notarize papers in Mississippi with my Florida notary?

National Notary Association

16 Sep 2015

Hello. No, you may not. You would have to apply for a new Mississippi commission.

Aida

26 Sep 2015

I am a notary in NJ, can I notarized a document in ny

National Notary Association

28 Sep 2015

Hello. No, only within the borders of New Jersey.

Patsy S. Allen

27 Sep 2015

I am a Ohio notary. Can I notoriety Kentucky documents.

National Notary Association

28 Sep 2015

Hello. Yes, but only if the signer personally appears before you in Ohio and all other requirements of Ohio Notary law are met.

Jonathan

27 Sep 2015

I wanted to know if a notary in North Carolina can notarize a document from Alabama

National Notary Association

28 Sep 2015

Hello. Yes, but only if the signer appears in person before the Notary in North Carolina and all other requirements of North Carolina Notary law are met.

Alex Fedo

04 Oct 2015

I am a notary in New Jersey. Can I notorize new york deeds if the person comes to new jersey

National Notary Association

05 Oct 2015

Hello. You may notarize a document prepared out of state provided the notarization meets all appropriate requirements under New Jersey law. The signer may wish to confirm first whether an out-of-state notarization will be acceptable to the agency that will receive the documents.

Brittney

05 Oct 2015

I am a notary in the state of Georgia. I am moving to the state of Tennessee. Am I allowed to keep/obtain both notaries?

National Notary Association

05 Oct 2015

Hello. If you are not planning to continue to work in the state of Georgia, you'll need to resign your Georgia commission and apply for a new one in Tennessee. Notaries ceasing to reside or work in the state of Georgia are subject to having their commission revoked by the superior court clerk (OCGA 45-17-15[a]). However, if you plan to continue to work or have a place of business within the state of Georgia after you move, you may be able to apply for a new GA commission in the county where you work. We recommend you contact the Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority at 1-404-327-6023 for assistance obtaining a new commission if you plan to continue to work in the state of Georgia.

Halimah

09 Oct 2015

I am a notary in or Buffalo NY. Can I be notary for other states like MN or multiple states if I move state to state

National Notary Association

13 Oct 2015

Hello. If you moved out of New York state and no longer worked there, you may not continue to serve as a NY Notary Public. A Notary resident of New York State who moves out of state but still maintains a place of business in the state may remain a Notary; otherwise, the office of Notary is thereby vacated (EL 130). A Notary nonresident who ceases to have an office or place of business in New York State thereby vacates the office of Notary. While some states permit non-residents to apply for Notary commissions if the non-resident has a place of business in the state, others only issue commissions to residents.

Christina

19 Oct 2015

I currently live in Illinois but we are considering a second home in Arizona. Can I maintain commissions in both states?

National Notary Association

20 Oct 2015

Hello. No, you may not hold Notary commissions in IL and AZ at the same time. To apply for an Arizona Notary commission you must be a resident of AZ for income tax purposes and claim AZ as your primary state of residence, or be a registered voter in Arizona. (ARS 41-313[E] and 41-330[A][2]; RM). Illinois requires Notary commission holders to be a resident of the state for at least 30 days or a resident of a qualifying bordering state (IA, KY, MO, WI) employed in Illinois for at least 30 days. (5 ILCS 312/2-102[d] through [i]). If you moved to AZ you would not longer qualify for an IL Notary commission.

Kimberly Linder

19 Oct 2015

I am presently living in Indiana, and am a Notary in Indiana. I will be moving to Illinois shortly, but will still be employed in Indiana. Will I be able to hold both states Notary?

National Notary Association

20 Oct 2015

Hello. No, Indiana requires Notaries to be legal residents of IN. (IC 33-42-2-1). You would have to resign your Indiana commission when you move.

Dawn

20 Oct 2015

I have a NJ notary. Am I allowed to notarize a document in NJ for a resident who lives in NY but selling property in PA?

National Notary Association

20 Oct 2015

Hello. You may notarize a document for a resident of another state provided the signer appears before you in New Jersey and the notarial act meets all requirements of NJ Notary law. However, it is the signer's responsibility to confirm if the notarized document is acceptable to the receiving agency.

Jerry Lucas

20 Oct 2015

There are Indian Reservations across the USA. Some Native American tribes use tribal notaries, notarizing under tribal notary law, not state notary law. There are also notaries in the church, known as ecclesiastic notaries, who deal with church business. At one time, there were royal notaries who served the King, and papal notaries, appointed by the Pope, who had authority in multiple countries and colonies.

ryvona stephens

23 Oct 2015

I am a notary in Idaho but live close to the Oregon border. Can I also hold an Oregon certificate? I get calls from signing companies frequently requesting such.

National Notary Association

23 Oct 2015

Hello. In order to apply for an Oregon commission, you would need to have a place of employment in that state. (ORS 194.340) If you do not have an place of employment in Oregon, you will not be able to apply for a commission there.

hannah

16 Nov 2015

I just had some documents from Florida notarized in the state of Missouri. Will my documents be valid in Florida court?

National Notary Association

17 Nov 2015

Hi Hannah. Notarization simply verifies the identity of the signer, it does not necessarily make a document legally acceptable. You would need to contact the court in question or consult with an attorney familiar with Florida law to find out if documents are acceptable to the receiving agency.

Elisabeth

18 Nov 2015

Hi, I am a notary in New Jersey but I work in NY. What do I need to do to be able to notarize documents in NY for my company?

National Notary Association

18 Nov 2015

Hello, Elisabeth. You'd need to apply for a New York Notary commission, which includes submitting an application form and passing an exam. You can find more information at the NY Department of State's website here: http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/notary/notary.html or through our website here: http://www.nationalnotary.org/new-york/become-a-notary

Mary E

23 Mar 2016

I reside in Michigan and work in Ohio. Am I able to either become a MI notary and notarize in Ohio? Or become an OH notary to notarize at my work?

National Notary Association

23 Mar 2016

Hello. Sorry, but Michigan Notaries may not notarize in Ohio, and the only out-of-state residents who may apply for an Ohio commission are attorneys licensed to practice in Ohio who have a place of business in the state.

naida Santiago

28 Mar 2016

I am a New York notary; someone from Florida is visiting and ask me to notarized some documents I believe I can; just want to be sure because the law have changed so much;

National Notary Association

30 Mar 2016

Hello. Yes, you may notarize documents for a signer from another state provided the notarization requested is legal in New York and meets all state law requirements (signer has proper ID, document has appropriate certificate wording, etc.)

Pablo t

13 Apr 2016

I want a document notorized in north dakota then send that original to California so my ex can sign it in front of a notary there. Is that ok to do?

National Notary Association

14 Apr 2016

Hello. Yes, if two signers to a document are in different locations, each signer can have their signature notarized separately. Each signer must appear in person before a Notary with the original document and meet all other requirements of state Notary law.

Katerina Nikiforou

20 May 2016

I am an attorney with office in NY and a notary public as well and live in FL - can I get a notary license in Fl without giving up my NY notary?

National Notary Association

20 May 2016

Hello Katerina. To become a Notary in Florida, you must be at least 18 years old and a legal resident of Florida. Holding a commission from another state does not disqualify you from applying to be a Florida Notary, but persons who do not reside in Florida cannot become Notaries in the state.

MARIA RAMAS

29 May 2016

I am a notary signing Agent for the State of Florida can i notarized a Power of Attorney to be used out of the the Country?The person is going to sign lives in Florida but the document is to authorize a family member to request a Birth Certificate.

National Notary Association

02 Jun 2016

Hello. Florida Notaries may notarize documents intended for use outside the United States, provided the notarization meets all requirements of Florida law.

Nicole

03 Jun 2016

Hello my husband is in prison in mississippi and i need to mail him a power of attorney from California is it legal if he get it signed By the notarized person there in Mississippi

National Notary Association

03 Jun 2016

Hello. We're sorry, but we can't provide legal advice regarding the acceptability of powers of attorney. You would need to consult a qualified attorney to answer these questions.

Manu Patel

06 Jun 2016

I am a Notary Public in Florida, and I am now moving to MD, What are the procedure and for how long I have to be a MD resident? Thanks

National Notary Association

06 Jun 2016

Hello. The Maryland Secretary of State's website (http://www.sos.state.md.us/Notary/FAQ.html#apply) states that an applicant must live or work in the state of Maryland, but does not specify for how long.

Tiffany

09 Jun 2016

I current live in Kentucky, but work in Tennessee. Can I become a notary in Tennessee?

National Notary Association

13 Jun 2016

Hello. Yes, provided that the location you work at in Tennessee is your primary place of business.

Lakeshia Alston

17 Jun 2016

I am a notary in South Carolina, can I notarize in different states

National Notary Association

20 Jun 2016

No, only in South Carolina.

Diana Cervantes

23 Jun 2016

I am a resident of California but work in Nevada. My notary is held with the state of California but my job has required that i become a Nevada Notary. Is a dual notary an option, if not what is?

National Notary Association

24 Jun 2016

Hi Diana. A resident of a state bordering Nevada (including CA) can become a Nevada Notary, but only if you are employed at a licensed place of business in Nevada and meet all other qualifications and education requirements. [NRS 240.015]

Michelle

24 Jun 2016

I just moved to WV and have an Ohio notary, I work in Ohio can I still notarize in Ohio

National Notary Association

30 Jun 2016

Hello. Out-of-state residents cannot hold Ohio Notary commissions except for attorneys licensed to practice in Ohio who also have a primary place of business or practice in Ohio. (ORC 147.01[B])

Mark

28 Jun 2016

Hello I am a notary in the state of West Virginia. If an Ohio title is brought to me in my state can I notarize it? What if any other out of state documents are brought to me as well? Thanks so much.

National Notary Association

29 Jun 2016

Yes, you may notarize a document prepared in another state, provided the signer appears in person before you in West Virginia and all other requirements of WV law are met.

AB

04 Jul 2016

I am a notary for the state of NJ. I am a college student in NYC but not a resident on the state, and have an internship in NYC. Am i authorized to notarize in NYC for this internship and others?

National Notary Association

05 Jul 2016

Hello. No, a NJ commission only authorizes you to notarize within the borders of New Jersey.

Mary Tapia

11 Jul 2016

I am a Texas notary, and a client is asking if I can notarize a Mexican (Estado de Tamaulipas) Death Certificate?

National Notary Association

11 Jul 2016

Hello, what type of notarization is the client requesting? Texas Notaries may not certify copies of vital records that are publicly recordable documents, such as a death certificate.

Greta Cardinal

11 Jul 2016

I work in the state of PA and a notary of WI, may I notarize documents in the state of PA where I work?

National Notary Association

11 Jul 2016

Hello. No, a Wisconsin Notary commission does not give you authority to notarize in Pennsylvania-only in Wisconsin.

Toby

18 Jul 2016

I'm a Virginia notary. Can I notarize document of power of attorney?

National Notary Association

22 Jul 2016

Hello. Yes, provided the document and notarization meet all requirements of Virginia Notary law.

Nicole

25 Jul 2016

I'm a MN notary and work in health care, and our program is within MN, but we do take patients over the WI border. If a pt in our program lives in WI, may I notarize a document for him?

National Notary Association

25 Jul 2016

Hello. No, MN Notaries may only notarize within the borders of their state.

Linda Fazenbaker

06 Aug 2016

Hello, I live in North Carolina and I am applying to work in South Carolina. To get the job in South Carolina I have to already be a notary. What should I do?

National Notary Association

09 Aug 2016

Hello. Notary commissions are not transferable between states. If your potential employer wishes you to notarize documents in South Carolina, you would need to resign your North Carolina commission, relocate and become a registered SC voter, which is required to hold a Notary commission in South Carolina. If you plan to maintain residence in North Carolina, you could continue to hold your North Carolina Notary commission. However, you would still be limited to only notarizing within the borders of North Carolina.

Terry Gallups

08 Aug 2016

I have been asked to notarize a document for a task force made up of people from one county in Al and one in GA. The counties are bordering. I am a Notary at Large for the state of AL but work in GA. Can I notarize the document?

National Notary Association

09 Aug 2016

Hello. An Alabama Notary only has jurisdiction within the borders of Alabama. (Act No. 2011-295) Therefore you could notarize for any signers who appeared before you in Alabama, but could not travel to notarize in Georgia.

Michael

15 Aug 2016

I work at a bank in WI. We have a lot of customers from MN. I am currently a WI Notary. Am I also able to get a MN Notary, or only one or the other?

National Notary Association

17 Aug 2016

Hello. Residents of Wisconsin may apply for a Minnesota Notary commission. However, please be aware that a Minnesota Notary commission can only be used within the borders of Minnesota-you may not use a Minnesota commission to notarize in Wisconsin.

Jennifer mount

20 Aug 2016

Hello I live in NH and I am a notary in NH, my husband is in CA with his sick father and he is becoming his power of attorney I am helping him fill out the proper paperwork,my question is if needed can I notarized any required CA paperwork in this matter????

National Notary Association

22 Aug 2016

Hello. While New Hampshire Notary law does not specifically prohibit notarizing for your spouse, the state's "Notary Public and Justice of the Peace Manual" states, “All notarial officers ... have both a statutory and common law duty to avoid conflicts of interest in the performance of their duties … In general, a public official must never act in his or her own interest in performing notarial acts, official acts must always be done solely in the interest of the public” (NPJP). Because this notarization would involve giving your husband power of attorney over his father, your notarizing the documents could be seen as a potential conflict of interest if the documents are questioned at a later date. We would recommend finding an unrelated Notary to notarize the documents instead of yourself to avoid any potential appearance of impropriety.

Clarissa

22 Aug 2016

I live in Illinois, can I notarize paperwork for someone in Indiana? (Signatures will be taking place in IL but they reside in IN)

National Notary Association

22 Aug 2016

Hello. You may notarize the documents provided that the notarization takes place and the signer appears before you within the borders of Illinois. You would not be able to travel to Indiana to notarize the documents there.

Michael Veisinci

29 Aug 2016

I am an Alabama notary and I spend a significant amount in France. If I step onto US embassy soil in Paris, I am both in no state and every state at the same time because it is property of the US federal government. As we all know from the movies like the Bourne Identity an ARGO, when you step onto US Embassy property abroad, you are in the United States. Question 1) Can I notarize a document on U.S. embassy soil using my Alabama notary authority? Question 2) Can I witness a person sign a document outside of the United States in France and then bring that document to Alabama and then stamp it with my rubber notary stamp? I.e., does that count as notarizing "in" Alabama? (What counts as "notarizing"....the verification of the signature or the stamping of the stamp?)

National Notary Association

30 Aug 2016

Hello. The answer is no to both questions. Alabama Notaries only have jurisdiction to notarize within "any county of the state," not outside the state. (COA Section 36-20-70)

Sanjay Rao

01 Sep 2016

Dear National Notary Association, you didn't answer the author's 3rd and 4th questions, which are essentially, Which part of the notarial process counts as "notarizing"...the verification or the signature or the stamping of the notarial stamp? The COA Section 36-20-70 for Alabama that you have cited does not address this question, thus without that citation you should be unable to answer the author's Question 2, to which you replied "No" which is essentially, Can an individual notary witness the signature on the document abroad and then the witnessing notary returns to Alabama with the signed document he or she witness being signed and then notarially stamp said document while the notary having witnessed the signature is on Louisiana soil. It is known that there are such statements commonly employed as, "...notarizing documents with a signature stamp..." it would imply that at least some if not all of the action of notarizing is the stamping of the notarial stamp and not the signature itself. The signer's signature is not a notarization. The notarization is achieved by the action of the notary subsequent to witnessing the signature subsequent to verifying the identity of the signer. However, I recognize that I may be wrong and therefore I call upon you as an expert in the field to analyze this. Therefore, I would ask that you please provide the statute or regulation to support your contention that it is illegal or invalid to witness a signature being signed on a document abroad and then having that document transported into Louisiana for the same notary and by the same notary who witnessed the document signed abroad to for said notary to then notarize the document.

National Notary Association

01 Sep 2016

Hello. First, as stated in the response to Mr. Veisinci, the Alabama statute in question clearly spells out that a notarization must take place within the borders of the state. Alabama law does not authorize Notaries to perform any notarial act in part or whole within another US state or in another country. Second, if you refer to Alabama's notarial certificate wording for an acknowledgment in COA 35-4-29, the wording states that the signer "...acknowledged before me on this day that, being informed of the contents of the _________(document title or description), he/she executed the same voluntarily on the day the same bears date." If the Notary completed the certificate on a different date than when the signer appeared before the Notary and acknowledged the signature (which, as stated in the certificate wording above, must take place on the same day the certificate is completed) the Notary would be completing a false certificate.

Stephen

07 Sep 2016

I'm a notary for the State of SC. Can I notarize a document from NC as long as it's done within the state of SC?

National Notary Association

08 Sep 2016

Hello. Yes. The notarization must also meet all requirements of SC law.

Lydia

28 Sep 2016

I just recently moved from one county in Ohio to another. Do I have to do anything special? I was living in Cuyahoga and now I'm down in Clermont county. Thank you!

National Notary Association

28 Sep 2016

Hello. Within 30 days, you must file an "Application for Amendment of Notary Public Information" with the appropriate clerk of courts and the Notary Commission Clerk in the Secretary of State's office. You will also have to record your Notary commission with the clerk of courts of common pleas in your new county. The form and instructions for completing it can be found at: http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/upload/records/forms/1402.pdf

VALERIE Pantaleo

03 Oct 2016

I am moving from New York to Tennessee. Can I hold onto my New York notary and get one in Tennessee? Or can I transfer my notary to atennessee. I just paid to renew it.

National Notary Association

05 Oct 2016

Hello. No, you would need to resign your New York commission and apply for a new one in Tennessee.

Pam

19 Oct 2016

Can a notary in Florida marry a family member in Tennessee?

National Notary Association

19 Oct 2016

Hi Pam. We're sorry but Florida only authorizes its Notaries to perform duties within the borders of the state, not in Tennessee.

Charmaine BW

01 Nov 2016

Hi, I am a NYS notary, can I notarize a CA document?

National Notary Association

02 Nov 2016

Hi Charmaine. Yes you may, provided the signer brings the document to you to notarize within the borders of New York state, and the notarization meets all requirements of New York Notary law.

Tonya

07 Nov 2016

So, I'm becoming a Notary in Alabama. As long as I'm in Alabama and correctly verify the person signing the paper is who they say they are, that's all that is required of me, correct?

National Notary Association

09 Nov 2016

Hello. Alabama Notaries are authorized to perform the following notarial acts (COA 36-20-73): • Take acknowledgments and proofs; • Administer oaths; • Execute protests; • “Exercise such other powers as, according to commercial usage or the laws of this state, may belong to notaries public.”

Nancy Kennedy

11 Dec 2016

I am a Connecticut notary. Can I notarize a New York document?

National Notary Association

12 Dec 2016

Hi Nancy. Yes, provided the signer appears before you in person within the borders of Connecticut, and the notarization meets all requirements of CT law.

karen

13 Dec 2016

Hi. I'm a NV resident, but I work in CA. My company would like me to get a notary license for CA. How do I go about doing that?

National Notary Association

14 Dec 2016

Hello Karen. We're sorry, but California does not permit Nevada residents to apply for a CA Notary commission.

Tom

28 Dec 2016

I recently moved to Florida from Tennessee. I continue to work in TN off and on throughout the year. Can I still notarize documents in TN?

National Notary Association

28 Dec 2016

Hello. A Notary in Tennessee must either be a resident of the state or maintain a principal place of business in a Tennessee county (TCA 8-16-101[a] and 8-18-101). We would recommend contacting the TN Department of State's Notary Section at 1-615-741-2650 to confirm if your work in TN qualifies as a principal place of business and whether you may continue to hold your TN commission.

Ashley

09 Jan 2017

Hello, I am a notary for Texas, can I notarize documents within other counties in this state other than the county where I live?

National Notary Association

09 Jan 2017

Hi Ashley. Yes, a Texas commission is statewide, so you may notarize within any county in the state.

Martine Joseph

30 Jan 2017

I am in New Jersey, can I notorized documents in Pennsylvania

National Notary Association

30 Jan 2017

Hello. No, New Jersey Notaries may only perform their duties within the borders of their own state. (NJSA 52:7-15[a])

Nellie

06 Feb 2017

I live in ct can ny notaries notarized documents for me. The documents are going to be filed in Texas.

National Notary Association

07 Feb 2017

Hello. In order for a New York Notary to notarize your signature, you would have to appear in person before the Notary within the borders of New York state. Also, the notarization would have to meet all the requirements of NY Notary law.

imadrealtor@yahoo.com

09 Feb 2017

I am notary public in state of Florida can I get NYC as well . I want both notary public license NYC and Florida.

National Notary Association

28 Feb 2017

Hello. You may apply for a New York Notary commission if you have an office or place of business in New York State and are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

J.D. Walker

14 Feb 2017

I'm a notary in Virginia, and in my primary job, I work for a defense contractor. If they move me to a contract in DC or MD, is that sufficient justification for me to get a DC or MD Notary Commission in addition to my Virginia one?

Brandie

14 Feb 2017

I am an Ohio Notary can I Notarize a PA title?

Kim

21 Feb 2017

I live in GA, but I still have my unexpired FL Notary stamp, will the marriage I notarize be legal?

Kim

19 Mar 2017

Does NC offer any online classes?

National Notary Association

20 Mar 2017

Hello. You will need to register and attend a Notary education course at a local community college. A list of available campuses can be found here: http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/about-us/main-campuses. For more information on how to become a North Carolina Notary, please see here: https://www.nationalnotary.org/north-carolina.

Toneil

29 Mar 2017

I live in Savannah, Georgia, but work in Bluffton, SC which is literally 35mins away. I have a notary in Georgia, can I notarize the documents at work in South Carolina?

National Notary Association

29 Mar 2017

Hello. No, we're sorry but a Georgia Notary commission may not be used in South Carolina.

William Kaczmarek

30 Mar 2017

I am a Wisconsin notary. Can I apply for a notary in Iowa. Have a business address there.

National Notary Association

31 Mar 2017

Hello. Yes, you may apply for a Notary commission in Iowa if you live in a bordering state and have a place of employment in Iowa. (IC 9B.21[5])

Julie Anderson

07 Apr 2017

I have an Iowa Notary. Can I Notary a document from another state?

National Notary Association

07 Apr 2017

Hello. Yes, if the notarization takes place in Iowa and the notarial act requested meets all requirements of your state's laws.

Kellie

14 Apr 2017

I am a FL notary. I now live in SC. Do you need to be a US citizen to be a notary in SC?

National Notary Association

17 Apr 2017

Hello. An applicant for a commission as a South Carolina Notary Public must be a registered voter in South Carolina, be able to read and write the English language and submit an application with no significant misstatement or omission of fact (SCC26-1-15).

Jonathan Gardner

19 Apr 2017

Reside in the state of Indiana. However work in Ohio. Can I obtain ohio notary?

National Notary Association

20 Apr 2017

Hello Jonathan. Only non-residents who are attorneys admitted to practice law in Ohio and whose principal place of business or practice is in Ohio may apply to become Notaries in the state (ORC 147.01[B][2][c]). All other Notary commission applicants must be residents of Ohio.

Robin Pivirotto

27 Apr 2017

I was presented with a New York specific power of attorney and I am a Connecticut notary. Can I take the acknowledgement within the borders of Connecticut?

National Notary Association

28 Apr 2017

Hello. Yes, you may notarize a document prepared in another state as long as the notarization takes place in Connecticut and meets all requirements of Connecticut law.

David

28 Apr 2017

I reside in the state of Mississippi and I obtain a Mississippi notary can I notary a document in Louisiana?

National Notary Association

28 Apr 2017

Hello. No, you may only notarize within the borders of Missouri.

christopher scaglione

28 Apr 2017

I am a notary in the state of Maryland. Can I Notarize a Kentucky document?

National Notary Association

01 May 2017

Hello Christopher. Yes you may, but the signer would have to appear in person before you in Maryland, and the notarization would have to meet all requirements of Maryland law.

Sam

29 Apr 2017

I'm on vacation in Europe and my friend (who is with me) would like me to notarize a document. The document requests notarization and is going to be submitted back in New York, where we both live and I am licensed. Can I notarize while on vacation overseas if the document likely would be notarized by a New York notary?

National Notary Association

01 May 2017

Hello. No, New York Notaries may only perform their duties within the boundaries of their state. You may not perform notarizations in a foreign country.

Amy Cheung

19 May 2017

Hello I am a NY notary and reside in NY, my company recently moved their business to NJ. Am I still able to notarize documents for my company in the state of NJ with my NY notary stamp?

National Notary Association

22 May 2017

Hello. No, you may not use a New York Notary commission to notarize documents in New Jersey.

Sean Tierney

22 May 2017

My wife is a notary in NY where we have always lived. She uses her notary at her NYC office. Can she retain her notary stamp for use in her NYC office if we move to NJ?

National Notary Association

23 May 2017

Hello. A Notary resident of New York State who moves out of state but still maintains a place of business in the state may remain a Notary. (EL 130) Your wife will have to file a change of address notice with the state and pay a fee.

Shemariah

31 May 2017

Senate bill 5969b was created to help military spouses (who often move every two years, following their soldiers) obtain/transfer licenses to their new residence when they move. Because we could not feasibly obtain "residence" status (voting rights?) At every new duty station, how do we remain notaries? As it stands, I have had to release my WA notary when I married and moved. I would love to go back to signing mortgage documents but am I just booted out of the whole system because I can not be a "resident" of Colorado or wherever we will be next year?

National Notary Association

01 Jun 2017

Hello. It would depend on what state you are commissioned in, and where you are moving to. Some states permit out-of-state residents to hold a Notary commission if the Notary meets certain requirements, such as having a place of business in the commissioning state. However, no state permits a Notary simply to transfer an existing commission over to another state if the Notary moves.

Marcia Elder

08 Jun 2017

Can I notarize documents in any county within the state of Florida?

National Notary Association

08 Jun 2017

Hi Marcia. A Florida Notary may notarize statewide (FS 117.01[1]).

Amanda

13 Jun 2017

I am a notary in Illinois, but will soon be working in Tennessee and Illinois between two offices, would I be able to have a commission in both states?

National Notary Association

13 Jun 2017

Hello. You would only qualify for both states if you remained a resident of Illnois, but your primary place of business was located in Tennessee. In order to hold a TN commission, you must be a resident of the state or hold a principal place of business in the state, and also be a US citizen or lawful permanent resident (TCA 8-16-101[a] and 8-18-101). An IL commission requires you to be a resident of Illinois or a qualifying state that borders Illinois (5 ILCS 312/2-102).

Jeffrey Dean

16 Jun 2017

We are a law firm who has an expert who lives in Ohio. He had his affidavit notarized in Ohio, but it was notarized by an Illinois notary (who must live in Ohio). Is this ok? Can we work around this? Thank you :)

National Notary Association

19 Jun 2017

Hello. We're sorry, but we're not clear from your question on some of the details. There are two points that raise questions: First, an Illinois Notary is not authorized to perform notarizations in the state of Ohio. Second, an Illinois Notary must be an Illinois resident for at least 30 days or a resident of a qualifying bordering state who has been employed in Illinois for at least 30 days. (5 ILCS 312/2-102). From your description, it sounds like the Notary involved did not have proper authority to notarize the document and did not meet the requirements to hold an Illinois Notary commission. Can you clarify what the status of the "Illinois Notary" was, please?

Al

18 Jun 2017

Can I send a document overseas to a US Citizen staying in the Dominican Republic to be signed and notarized by an official in the US Embassy? Or can a Dominican Republic notary perform it?

National Notary Association

19 Jun 2017

Hello. U.S. embassy and consular officials can sometimes notarize documents being sent between the U.S. and another country. You may wish to contact the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic to find out if they have someone available there who can notarize the documents.

Jordan Langs

06 Jul 2017

If I am a notary for a county in NJ, am I allowed to notarize documents in any county in NJ, out of state, and nationally? Or am I restricted to my county?

National Notary Association

07 Jul 2017

Hello. New Jersey Notaries have statewide jurisdiction. You may notarize anywhere within the borders of New Jersey, but not outside the state.

Nadine Dietrich

07 Jul 2017

Hi there. I have my Montana notary but about a year ago I moved to North Dakota. What steps do I have to take so that I am able to notarize in North Dakota?

National Notary Association

07 Jul 2017

Hello. You will need to submit an application to the Secretary of State's office and purchase a surety bond. Application information is available at http://www.nd.gov/sos/notaryserv/ or you can contact our Customer Care team for assistance with your application at 1-800-876-6827.

Neddie Reyes

11 Jul 2017

Can a notary in Minnesota use the California acknowledgment form when notarizing a document if notary crosses out the state and the city and replaces it with the MN state and city of the signing?

National Notary Association

18 Jul 2017

A certificate of a notarial act in Minnesota is sufficient if it is in English and meets the following requirements: “(1) is in the short form set forth in section 358.48; “(2) is in a form otherwise prescribed by the law of this state; “(3) is in a form prescribed by the laws or regulations applicable in the place in which the notarial act was performed; or “(4) sets forth the actions of the notarial officer and those are sufficient to meet the requirements ofthe designated notarial act” (MS 358.47).

Gwen Pratt

25 Jul 2017

Hello - I need to have a document notarized for Commonwealth of Massachusetts (amendment to condominium trust document) but I live in California. Can a CA notarize this document?

National Notary Association

25 Jul 2017

Yes, if the notarial act requested is permitted under CA law and all requirements of CA law are met. However, you may wish to contact the agency that will receive the document to confirm this, as it is ultimately up to that agency whether or not they will accept a document notarized in another state.

Consitina D. Adams

03 Aug 2017

If I have a dual residency in Louisiana and Texas can I notarized in both states? Help please!!!

National Notary Association

04 Aug 2017

Hello. Both Texas and Louisiana require a Notary applicant to be a state resident. The only exception allowed in Texas is that escrow agents who are residents of a state adjacent to Texas may qualify as Texas Notaries without meeting the Texas residency requirement (Insurance Code [IC] 2652.051[d] and 1 TAC 87.70[a]). Such individuals must apply using a special application form. We would recommend contacting the Texas Secretary of State's office at 1-512-463-5705 and the Louisiana Secretary of State's office at 1-225-922-0507 to ask if your dual residency status allows you to apply for a commission in either state.

Matthew Drayer

15 Aug 2017

Hello, I am a Ohio Notary, I will be relocating to West Virginia temporarily for work and need to notarize easement agreements between the company I work for and property owners. Would I be able to notarize West Virginia documents in the State of WV with an Ohio Notary? or would this require me to have a WV notary to do so? Thank you

National Notary Association

16 Aug 2017

Hello. You would not be able to notarize documents in West Virginia using an Ohio commission. WVC 39-4-20[b] requires an applicant for a West Virginia commission to be a resident of or have a place of employment or practice in West Virginia. We would recommend contacting the WV Secretary of State's office at 1-304-558-8000 to ask them if the amount of time you will be working in West Virginia meets the eligibility requirements to apply for a Notary commission.

Kathleen Wheeler

12 Sep 2017

I am an AZ Notary can I notarize in NV. I work in NV and travel back and forth between states. Also, can I have dual notaries?

National Notary Association

13 Sep 2017

Hello. You may not use an AZ Notary commission in Nevada. Residents of states bordering Nevada may apply for a NV Notary commission if they maintain or are employed at a licensed place of business within Nevada.

Jessica Deaton

15 Sep 2017

Can an Arkansas notary notarize an accident specific POA in Texas and Louisiana?

National Notary Association

18 Sep 2017

Hello. No, Arkansas Notaries may not perform notarizations outside their own state.

Myra Johnson

19 Sep 2017

I am commisioned in "Rockingham County" in North Carolina. Can I notarize in "Cumberland County" in North Carolina?

National Notary Association

19 Sep 2017

Hello Myra. Yes, North Carolina Notaries have statewide jurisdiction.

Jody

24 Sep 2017

I am a notary in MN and have recently moved to WI (which is 5 miles from the state of MN). Can I still notarize documents in the state of MN even though my address is in WI? I work in the state of MN as well.

National Notary Association

25 Sep 2017

Hello. WI residents may hold a MN Notary commission. However, you will need to file a change of address with the Secretary of State's office within 30 days of your move. You can do so at the Secretary of State's website: https://notary.sos.state.mn.us/

Tracy Klinger

25 Sep 2017

If I am a notary in MO, am I able to notarize documents drawn up from TN?

National Notary Association

26 Sep 2017

Hello. There is no issue notarizing signatures on a document prepared in another state, but the notarization must take place in MO, the signer must personally appear before you and all other requirements of MO law must be followed.

Elaine

26 Sep 2017

Hello I’m a Notary in Queens, NY. Am I able to notarize docs from Delaware?

National Notary Association

28 Sep 2017

Yes, provided the notarization takes place in the state of New York and all requirements of New York Notary law are met.

Madeline

03 Oct 2017

Hi! I am a Notary in Florida. I have a friend relocating to Pennsylvania and needs a PA DMV document notarized. Can I notarize the document for him?

National Notary Association

05 Oct 2017

Hello. Yes, but your friend would have to personally appear before you with the document in Florida and the notarization would have to meet all requirements of Florida law. Also, your friend may wish to contact the PA DMV to confirm that they will accept an out-of-state notarization.

Yulia Levesque

06 Oct 2017

I live in NY and hold NY Notary license. I have been working in CT for 2 year and thinking about getting CT Notary license. Will it be possible to have dual Notary license if I pass CT Notary test? Thank you!

National Notary Association

06 Oct 2017

Hello. An applicant for a commission as a Connecticut Notary Public must (CGS 3-94b[b]): (a) be at least 18 years old and (b) reside or have a principal place of business in Connecticut.

Katie Mills

12 Oct 2017

I am currently a Notary in NC but have moved to AZ. My NC commission expires in 2019 - is it valid in AZ or will I need to get a new commission under the state of AZ?

National Notary Association

13 Oct 2017

Hello. If you relocate to Arizona, you would need to resign your NC commission and apply for a new commission in Arizona.

SH

26 Oct 2017

Hello I hold my Notary license in NC and have a business in NYC can I use my license in NY?

National Notary Association

27 Oct 2017

Hello. No, you may only use your commission within the borders of North Carolina.

Brenda

28 Oct 2017

Hello, I hold my Notary license in OH. Someone, where I work, wants to bring her husband in and have me notarize his stock papers from Cal, I think it is so he can remove his stock. She wasn't too clear on it. Am I allowed to notarize it?

National Notary Association

30 Oct 2017

Hello. You would only be able to notarize if the notarial act being requested is permitted in Ohio, and the person whose signature you are notarizing appeared before you in person in Ohio.

VS

06 Nov 2017

I recently moved to NJ. I hold my notary license in NY, and currently I am an employee for a company in NY. Can I no longer use my notary license?

National Notary Association

06 Nov 2017

Hello. A Notary resident of New York State who moves out of state but still maintains a place of business in the state may remain a Notary (EL 130). You will need to file a change of address form with the NY Department of State.

Shymaa

22 Nov 2017

I am a notary for the state of Illinois will I be able to notarize a power of attorney document for someone in Illinois to take overseas

National Notary Association

27 Nov 2017

Hello. Yes, provided that the notarization requested meets all requirements of Illinois law.

Tom Gordon

13 Dec 2017

I am based out of Nevada, but I work for a real estate investment firm that owns properties throughout the country. Could I become a Notary for Nevada and notarize documents for all our properties, as long as the actual notarial act takes place in Nevada?

National Notary Association

15 Dec 2017

Hello. Nevada Notaries may notarize documents prepared in another state, provided the notarization takes place in Nevada and the notarial act meets all requirements of Nevada state law.

Teri

29 Dec 2017

I know I’m asking the same question just in different words BUT, I live in Missouri and my friend (Missouri resident) is an Illinois notary. If I drive to Illinois where he works, is he allowed to notorize my document?

National Notary Association

02 Jan 2018

Hello. If you traveled to Illinois, you can have an Illinois Notary notarize your document, provided the notarization requested meets all requirements of Illinois state law.

Jenn

02 Jan 2018

I am a notary in New York State. If I were to work in Pennsylvania, what would I need to do in order to become a notary in Pennsylvania at a job location?

National Notary Association

02 Jan 2018

Please see this link for more information: https://www.nationalnotary.org/pennsylvania/how-to-become-pennsylvania-notary#PA Requirements

Kiwi

08 Jan 2018

I am a Texas Notary Can I notarize in a U. S. Territory?

National Notary Association

09 Jan 2018

Hello. A Texas Notary may only notarize within the borders of Texas.

Lauren

11 Jan 2018

I am moving from Indiana to Illinois for my residence. I will continue working in Indiana where my notary is needed. Do I need a new notary or can I still be a notary within Indiana?

National Notary Association

11 Jan 2018

Hello. You must be a permanent legal resident of Indiana in order to hold a Notary commission there. If you move to Illinois, you will need to resign your Indiana commission.

Emily

16 Feb 2018

Hello, I am a resident of Kentucky but work in Indiana. Could I become a notary in KY and notarize papers at my place of work in IN? I know to be a notary in IN, you have to be a resident so that does not apply to me.

National Notary Association

16 Feb 2018

Hello. Kentucky Notaries may apply for a special commission to notarize documents outside the state, but the special commission is restricted to notarizing documents that will be recorded in Kentucky only.

Robin

28 Feb 2018

I am a Georgia notary. I have been asked to notarize a contract with a public agency in Florida. Can I notarize the document in Georgia? The signature page specifies "STATE OF FLORIDA, COUNTY OF PALM BEACH'. May I change that wording to reflect the state of Georgia and my county of commission?

National Notary Association

01 Mar 2018

Hello. You may notarize a signature on the document in Georgia, if the signer appears in person before you within Georgia's borders. You would need to enter the correct state and county where the notarization took place in the venue section of the notarial certificate wording.

Sharon Goodwin

27 Mar 2018

I am a Notary in Texas. Can a notarize an Idaho Power of Attorney?

Sharon Goodwin

27 Mar 2018

Hello. Yes, provided that the notarization takes place in Texas, the signer appears before you in person and is properly identified, and the notarization requested meets all requirements of Texas law. Please see this article for more information: https://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2014/09/four-questions-notaries-powers-attorney

Chaunte Stanley

15 Apr 2018

I am a Notary in VA. Can I notarize documents in MO, or do I need to become a Notary in MO?

National Notary Association

16 Apr 2018

Hello. A Virginia Notary may notarize documents outside the state under two conditions only: 1. If the document being notarized will be used in Virginia or by the U.S. government (COV 47.1-13[B]) 2. You have registered and qualified with the state to perform remote electronic notarizations, and are performing a remote electronic notarization for a signer (COV 47.1-13[D]). Nonresidents applying for a Missouri Notary commission must be employed in Missouri, use the Notary seal only in the course of employment, have a work address in the county in which commissioning is sought and authorize the Missouri Secretary of State to accept services of process or other legal notifications on their behalf (RSMo 486.220[2]).

Marilyn Thornton

17 May 2018

If I legally reside in both New York State and Texas because of medical conditions and I have a NYS notary license, can I apply and hold a Texas Notary license as well?

National Notary Association

18 May 2018

Hello. Texas Notary applicants must be residents of the state, at least 18 years of age, and not convicted of a felony or crime of moral turpitude that has not been dismissed or discharged by law. The only out-of-state residents permitted to apply for TX commissions are licensed Texas escrow officers residing in an adjacent state (i.e., Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico) (IC 2652.051[d] and 1 TAC 87.70[a]).

Rhonda

29 May 2018

That photo was taken a few miles from my house. I get calls all the time to travel across state lines for notary work. (I have to decline of course)

Megan Collard

29 May 2018

I am a notary in CA but am moving to an air base in Japan - can I notarize documents on the base for individuals or is there a special commission required?

National Notary Association

29 May 2018

Hello. In order to notarize documents at an overseas military base, you would need to have a special commission from the federal government to notarize in a foreign country.You may not use your CA commission to notarize overseas.

Matt

29 May 2018

Since notarize.com has now created a governmentally sanctioned monopoly, how many of us will have jobs next year?

:romeo

30 May 2018

Here in Germany there are people who want to declare a common law pure trust in a US state, for example Wyoming. The signatures at some documents must be notarizised. Is it possible to replace notarisation by a notary with the signatures of three living witnesses? We have received such information.

National Notary Association

30 May 2018

Hello. We're sorry, but that is a legal question that would need to be answered by a qualified attorney.

Krista

10 Jun 2018

I'm a North Carolina Notary, can I notorize a south Carolina title motor vechicle

National Notary Association

11 Jun 2018

Hello. It would depend on the instructions of the state motor vehicle department and the type of notarization being requested. The signer would need to contact the motor vehicle department in South Carolina for instructions.

Misty

27 Jun 2018

I live in Oklahoma and work in Arkansas. Can I get notary approval for both states?

National Notary Association

27 Jun 2018

Hello. Yes, provided you meet all other qualifications for a Notary commission in each state.

Paul

03 Jul 2018

I have been a notary in MI. My office is in MI. I have recently become a FL resident spending 1/ while working in MI?2 of my time there. Is my notary still good in MI

National Notary Association

03 Jul 2018

Hello. As long as you maintain a principal place of business in Michigan, you are still eligible to hold a MI Notary commission. However, you will need to notify the MI Secretary of State of your change of home address so your commission information can be updated.

Diana Mclene

27 Jul 2018

I live and have my commissions in California, can I get a second notary commission in Nevada or Texas?

National Notary Association

27 Jul 2018

Hello. In order to apply for a Nevada Notary commission, you would have to maintain or be employed at a licensed place of business in Nevada (NRS 240.015[1] and [3]). Only Texas residents may apply for a Texas Notary commission (GC 406.004[a] and 1 TAC 87.2[a] and [b]).

Katie

03 Aug 2018

I live in NC and work in VA (where I will need to notarize Docs). Which state should I get certified in?

National Notary Association

08 Aug 2018

Hello. To notarize in Virginia, you would need to apply for a Virginia Notary commission.

Matt M

10 Sep 2018

If I live in Colorado but I work in WY, can I have a notary for Colorado and then have a notary in Wyoming as well?

National Notary Association

11 Sep 2018

Hello. We're sorry, but you would not be eligible to apply for a Wyoming commission. Wyoming requires its Notary applicants to be residents of the WY county they are applying in (WS 32-1-101[b])).

Amy

11 Sep 2018

Hello, I reside in SC and work in NC. My employer requested that I become a notary, as that would be helpful to the office. Is this possible? If so, what is the process? Thank you

National Notary Association

11 Sep 2018

Hello. Yes, if you have a regular place of employment in NC and meet all other qualifications, you may apply for a NC Notary commission. You will need to take a six-hour course and pass an exam to qualify. For more information, please see here: https://www.nationalnotary.org/north-carolina/become-a-notary

Danielle Young

26 Sep 2018

I am notary in Georgia. Can i notarize in Alabama?

National Notary Association

28 Sep 2018

Hello. No, Georgia Notaries may only notarize within their own state.

Dakota

05 Oct 2018

Hi, I am a resident in the state of Idaho and an employee in the state of Oregon. My employer would like that I become a notary, we have clientele in Oregon and Idaho. Which state should I Notarized in?

National Notary Association

08 Oct 2018

Hello. Based on the information you provided above, it appears that you would be eligible to apply for a commission in either Idaho or Oregon. You would need a separate commission to notarize in each state: an Idaho commission to notarize in Idaho, or an Oregon commission to notarize in Oregon.

Cassandra

17 Dec 2018

I'm a Florida Notary. Can I notarize a document in Venezuela?

National Notary Association

17 Dec 2018

Hello. Only attorneys appointed as civil-law Notaries by the state of Florida have worldwide jurisdiction. All other Florida Notaries may only notarize within the borders of the state.

Babette

15 Jan 2019

I live in NC & work in VA, I currently have a VA notary for work. Does VA allow you to hold a commission in both states, VA & NC? I know NC allows both state commissions since I live there & work in the other.

National Notary Association

15 Jan 2019

Hi Babette. An applicant for a commission as a Virginia Notary Public must (COV 47.1-4): (a) Be at least 18 years old; (b) Be a legal resident of the United States; (c) Live or work in the Commonwealth of Virginia; (d) Be able to read and write the English language; and (e) Never have been convicted of a felony under the laws of the United States, Virginia or any other state unless pardoned, had rights restored or had the conviction vacated.

milanrho@gmail.com

17 Jan 2019

I live in Nevada, but spend a substantial amount of time at my son's in Calif. Can I get licensed in California as well?

National Notary Association

18 Jan 2019

Hello. Unfortunately, no; only California residents can apply for a CA Notary commission.

Emiley Stark

28 Jan 2019

I wrote,in proper legal terms, a letter giving my sister temporary power if attorney of my children to my sister while I was in NC with her. Circumstances has me relocating here in CO and our aggreement runs out in Feb. I'd like to get a few more ducks in a row before bringing my children here to CO.Is it possible to rewrite this aggreement with her and somehow notrize this paper without me flying to NC?Thinking, she fax me with her notery stamped and I notrize the fax here and send back? Not sure

National Notary Association

29 Jan 2019

Hello. We're sorry, but any questions regarding preparing a child custody document would be legal issues that would need to be answered by a qualified attorney.

Melissa

30 Jan 2019

I'm a notary in the state of Florida and I work in Georgia. Is it possible to also become a notary in Georgia?

National Notary Association

06 Feb 2019

Hello. A Notary applicant who lives outside Georgia must be a resident of a state bordering Georgia and regularly employed or carrying out a business or profession in the Georgia county in which application is made (OCGA 45-17-2).

Nicole

02 Mar 2019

The wording for whether you can hold a dual license as a NJ resident working in NY is unclear. It states “You may apply for a New York Notary commission if you have an office or place of business in New York State“. Does this mean you must be the business owner? I am only the employee. Would I be eligible for having both a NJ and NY notary license as only an employee who lives in NJ but works in NY?

National Notary Association

04 Mar 2019

Hello. If your place of employment is in New York state and you meet all other eligibility requirements, you may apply for a NY Notary commission.

Brandi Starks

30 Mar 2019

Hello I live in Indiana but I’m opening a business in Georgia. Can I have a notary in both states?

National Notary Association

01 Apr 2019

Hello. We're afraid you cannot qualify for a Georgia Notary commission. The only persons outside Georgia who may apply for a Notary commission in that state are residents of states bordering Georgia who also carry out business in the state (OCGA 45-17-2).

Heyta Diaz

10 Apr 2019

Hello I live in Florida, but my question is can used my stamp in Puerto Rico

National Notary Association

10 Apr 2019

Hello. Notaries with regular Florida commissions may only notarize within the borders of their own state. Only specially qualified attorneys with a Florida civil law Notary commission can notarize outside of the state.

Heyta Diaz

10 Apr 2019

Hello I have a question can I used my stamp n Puerto Rico?

National Notary Association

10 Apr 2019

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

Bob Rohan

16 Apr 2019

Does Japan prohibit remote online notarization of an individual located in Japan (not on a military base) by an otherwise qualified notary residing in a state where remote online notarization is permitted?

National Notary Association

17 Apr 2019

Based on what you’ve described, we think it would be best if you contacted our Hotline team by phone and provided them with a more detailed description of the situation. The NNA Hotline: 1-888-876-0827 Mon – Fri: 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (PT) Saturday: 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PT) If you’re not an NNA Member or Hotline Subscriber, they will provide you with a one-time courtesy call.

Kat

19 Apr 2019

If I am commissioned in a state that allows remote notarization, do I physically have to be within the boundaries of the state when I’m online Or can we both be somewher else at the time? For example, if I am a Virginia Notary, but I was on vacation in Florida and the client needed a remote Notary from wherever they are. Thanks!

National Notary Association

22 Apr 2019

Hello. The answer would depend on the laws of the state the Notary is commissioned in. For example, Montana requires its Notaries to be physically located in Montana when a remote notarization is performed.

Reem

22 Apr 2019

Hi, I have a NY notary and was asked to notarize a document in NY that will be sent and used overseas to Egypt. Would I be able to notarize the or would it need to be done by the Egyptian embassy?

National Notary Association

23 Apr 2019

Hello. As long as the notarization requested is one that you are authorized to perform in New York, you can communicate directly with the signer and the document, signer's proof of identity and notarization meet all requirements of NY Notary law, then you may perform the notarization.

Gabi

13 May 2019

Hello, I'm a notary for the state of New Mexico, can I notarize a document from Texas in the state of New Mexico?

National Notary Association

13 May 2019

Hello. Yes, provided that the signer appears before you in person within the borders of New Mexico and the notarization requested meets all requirements of New Mexico law.

Elena Kovalik

15 May 2019

I'm currently a Florida notary, I recently moved to Michigan and started working for a company that has offices in both states, Florida and Michigan. Can I become a notary in the State of Michigan without revoking my Florida commission?

National Notary Association

15 May 2019

Hello. No, that is not possible.

Donna

15 May 2019

I live in Iowa but work in Nebraska. Can I obtain a Nebraska notary?

National Notary Association

15 May 2019

Hello. You may apply for a Nebraska commission, provided you can provide evidence that you work in Nebraska and meet all other requirements for a NE Notary commission.

Celestina Izaguirre

20 May 2019

I received a set of medical records that were notarized by a Notary of the State of Illinois, the records are not kept in Illinois but rather Texas (where we are located and the provider we requested the records from. Is the Affidavit still valid?

National Notary Association

28 May 2019

Hello. We are sorry but we are not clear what question you are asking. Are you asking if the notarization by the Illinois Notary is valid or not?

PAUL

23 May 2019

I am looking to be a notary in MS, AL, FL and GA since I would like to travel along the I-10 corridor as a signing agent. Is this something that the states would allow if I had offices in each state?

National Notary Association

30 May 2019

Hello. Unfortunately, what you describe is not possible because Mississippi, Alabama and Florida do not allow nonresidents to hold Notary commissions in those states. Also, Georgia requires an attorney admitted to the state bar to be present or involved in the closing of real property transactions.

Dolores P. rosner

06 Jun 2019

I am a Florida notary during the winter. During summer I have another residence in NY and would like to work as a notary there too. Can I apply for a NY notary in NY and would like to work in NY. Can I also apply for a New York notary license .

National Notary Association

10 Jun 2019

Hello. In order to qualify for a New York Notary commission, you must either be a resident of New York state or have a place of business within the state.

Becca

11 Jun 2019

I am a pennsylvania notary but i am moving to Ohio. I only plan to notarize at my work in PA, can i do this?

National Notary Association

12 Jun 2019

Hello. A PA Notary Public must notify the Department of State within 30 days of any change in the information on file with the Department, including the Notary’s office address or home address. Such notice must be made in writing or electronically and shall state the effective date of such change. You can find the change of address form here: https://www.dos.pa.gov/OtherServices/Notaries/NotaryServices/Pages/Update-Information-.aspx#address

Gonzalezk94@gmail.com

17 Jun 2019

I am a FL Notary and was wondering if I can notarize documents from Georgia and Alabama while in Florida?

National Notary Association

18 Jun 2019

Hello. Yes, provided that the requested notarization meets all requirements of Florida law.

M in CDJ

27 Jun 2019

Can a notary in Georgia notarize a document in a different Georgia county than the one they're registered in? For example, may a notary registered in Coweta County preform a notarial act in Fulton County?

National Notary Association

01 Jul 2019

Hello. Yes, Georgia Notaries are authorized to notarize anywhere within their state (OCGA 45-17-9).

david

12 Aug 2019

I lived in Kansas City, MO when I obtained my commission for MO, but I have moved to Kansas City, KS. can I continue to notarize in MO as a non resident and can I get my commission for KS

National Notary Association

16 Aug 2019

Hello. You will need to inform the MO Secretary of State of your change of status, and may need to resign and reapply for a new Notary commission. A nonresident applicant must be employed in Missouri, use the Notary seal only in the course of employment, have a work address in the county in which commissioning is sought and authorize the Missouri Secretary of State to accept service of process or other legal notifications on their behalf (RSMo 486.220[2]). If you wish to apply for a KS Notary commission, you must meet the following requirements (KSA 53-101): (a) be at least 18 years of age and (b) be a resident of Kansas or of a bordering state who is regularly employed in or carries on a business or profession in Kansas.

janice wang

15 Aug 2019

I live in France and need a document to be notarized. Normally I'd have to go to the US Embassy where they have notaries. Can I do this via an online notarization? The online services claim they are perfect for americans abroad that need US documents notarized.

National Notary Association

15 Aug 2019

Hello. You may wish to contact the agency that will receive the document to ask if they will accept an online notarization.

Denzel D. Burris

09 Sep 2019

I am a SC Notary and will soon be starting a job in PA. Could I hold a commission in both states?

National Notary Association

10 Sep 2019

Hello. Pennsylvania permits out-of-state residents who have a place of employment in Pennsylvania to apply for a Notary commission. If you need assistance with the commissioning process, please contact the NNA's Customer Care team at 1-800-876-6827 or visit https://www.nationalnotary.org/pennsylvania/how-to-become-pennsylvania-notary.

Cassy Crouch

09 Sep 2019

I live in PA and work in NJ. Do I need to have a PA notary? And if so, can I use that notary in Central Jersey?

National Notary Association

10 Sep 2019

Hello. You may not use your Pennsylvania Notary commission in New Jersey. However, as a resident of a bordering state who works in New Jersey, you may be eligible to apply for a New Jersey Notary commission. If you need assistance with the commissioning process, the NNA can assist you. Please see here for more info: https://www.nationalnotary.org/new-jersey

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