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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

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