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Can Notaries Certify Fingerprint Cards?

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Is a Notary Public allowed to certify a fingerprint card? — N.U., Roseville, California

If you mean, may a California Notary certify a copy of a fingerprint card, the answer is no. You may only certify copies of a power of attorney document or a line item in your official journal at the request of the Secretary of State or a court.

If you mean, may a Notary take a person’s fingerprints, the answer may be yes. Many Notaries have provided fingerprinting services in the past. However, taking fingerprints is not a notarial act for which a Notary commission is required and may be regulated by other law.

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Heidi Rettershofer

16 Jul 2019

I had my brothers fingerprints done by a notary in New Jersey The judge in fort Myers Florida is saying that we need a special stamp stating they are authorized Is a New Jersey notary authorized to take finger prints

Mariah Price

16 Apr 2020

Can a Notary in NJ be authorize to be a ten print fingerprint roller?

National Notary Association

20 Apr 2020

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.

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