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Do I Need To Ask For A Birth Certificate From Parents?

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What do you do when the parents of a child ask you to notarize signatures for travel documents verifying that they are the parents of a 3-year-old, but they do not have a birth certificate?

Notaries generally are not responsible for investigating facts related to the documents they notarize. In this case, you would not be responsible for ensuring that the parents hold valid birth certificates before notarizing the parents’ signatures on the travel documents.

Your duty is to follow all state rules for notarizing the signatures on the document. If the travel document requires a jurat notarization, the parents’ statement that they are parents of the child will be made under oath and subject to penalties for perjury if untrue.

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12 Jan 2015

School Transcripts being submitted to another country are required to notarized and apostille. How is the notarization to be preformed and where do you attach the notary acknowledgment if the transcripts are in a sealed envelope which "should not be opened"

National Notary Association

21 Jan 2015

Hello, It would not be possible to notarize a signature on a document if the Notary is not allowed physical access to the document being notarized in order to complete the appropriate notarial certificate wording and affix the Notary's signature and seal where needed.

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