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Can I Certify That A Person Is Alive?

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A lady signer needs a form notarized, acknowledging that she is still alive. The form is from another country and concerns a pension she gets. Can I just complete an acknowledgment and attach it to the form?D.B., Hilmar, CA

If the signer is making the statement that she is alive you may notarize the customer’s signature. The signer must tell you whether she wants you to perform an acknowledgment or a jurat, though.

However, if the document requires you — in your capacity as Notary — to certify that the customer is alive, you may not notarize the signature because California law does not allow you to make this certification. Instead, refer the signer to a consulate from the country that issued the document for further assistance.

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Fernando Filacchione

29 Jun 2016

can a Florida notary certificate that a person is still alive

National Notary Association

30 Jun 2016

Hello. No, certifying that a person is alive is not an authorized notarial act for Florida Notaries.

Ana

08 May 2017

Can a SC Notary certify that a person is alive?

National Notary Association

09 May 2017

Hello. No, South Carolina does not authorize Notaries to certify if a person is alive.

Esther

18 Sep 2017

A credit reporting agency is reporting me deceased. Is there a document that can be notarized stating I'm indeed alive?

National Notary Association

19 Sep 2017

Hello. We're sorry, but we can't advise you regarding what type of documents you will need to present to the credit reporting agency. You would need to speak to them to find out what type of documents they require from you to address this situation.

James oke

02 Oct 2019

I need a notorize letter that shows that I am alive

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