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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.

Edgar pineda

26 Aug 2020

I live in Texas right now 3 years ago I moved from California and I was goin Through a hard situation so 1 week before I was leaving my brother and one of his friends that is a tax worker that had always does my brother income tax so they took me to an office of a notary person he told me to put my fingers prints on a paper and he stamped I ask that what their we’re going to do with the paper and he told me that he wanted me to help him at his office that he was going to train me because he wanted to help me giving me a job so now That I’m back on my feet I want to make sure that their not doing identity theft or something like thanks I hope someone can guide me

National Notary Association

01 Sep 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.

Alan D. Morton

21 Dec 2020

I am a notary public in South Carolina. Am I authorized to fingerprint someone? Do I need some type of certification, or is my status as a notary pubic sufficient ?

National Notary Association

22 Dec 2020

Hello. No, South Carolina Notaries are not authorized to take fingerprints as part of their official duties. You would require separate qualifications in order to take fingerprints professionally.

Dara Cokyuksel

01 Jan 2021

Am I allowed, as a notary to take fingerprints in NYS?

National Notary Association

06 Jan 2021

Hello. New York Notaries are not authorized to take fingerprints as part of their official Notary duties.

Amber Mathews

15 Jan 2021

I am in NM and I was wondering if I would be able to do fingerprints and if so how do I go about being able to do this?

National Notary Association

21 Jan 2021

Hello. New Mexico does not authorize Notaries to take fingerprints as part of their official duties.

southshorenotary@gmail.com

22 Jan 2021

I am a notary public in Massachusetts. Am I authorized to fingerprint a client and notarize the document?

National Notary Association

26 Jan 2021

Hello. Massachusetts Notaries are not authorized to take fingerprints as part of their official Notary duties.

nequab2003@gmail.com

23 Jan 2021

In the state of Pennsylvania, can we take a persons fingerprints and/or Live Scan?

National Notary Association

26 Jan 2021

Hello. Pennsylvania Notaries are not authorized to take fingerprints or Live Scan as part of their regular official duties. Some PA Notaries are authorized to perform certain functions related to motor vehicle titles. Notaries interested in performing such duties may inquire with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) at the Regulated Client Services Section of PennDOT’s Dealer Agent Services Unit (1101 S. Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17104).

Alexis

01 Feb 2021

Can I authorize fingerprints in Florida?

National Notary Association

01 Feb 2021

Hello. Florida Notaries are not authorized to perform fingerprinting services as part of their official Notary duties.

Stacie

10 Apr 2021

Hello, I am a notary in the state of Texas. Can I provide a finger printing service that does not include my notarial services?

National Notary Association

13 Apr 2021

Hello. Providing fingerprinting services as a business separate from your Notary services is not addressed in TX Notary law. However, please be aware that TX Notaries are not permitted to take thumbprints for their Notary journal entries: “A notary public (other than a court clerk notarizing instruments for the court) shall not record in the notary’s record book: … a biometric identifier, including a fingerprint, voice print, and retina or iris image” (1 TAC 87.50[a][3]).

Alisa Elder

14 Jun 2021

I am a notary in Delaware I want to know if I can add finger printing to my services

National Notary Association

02 Jul 2021

Hello. You can add fingerprinting to your services if you wish. Since fingerprinting is not an authorized notarial act, you would have to find out what the license requirements are (if any) to become a fingerprint technician in your state or county.

Janine Gibbons

27 Jun 2021

Any special certification for a notary to fingerprint on Georgia?

National Notary Association

01 Jul 2021

Hello. Georgia Notaries are not authorized to take fingerprints as part of their official duties. Any authorization to take fingerprints in Georgia would have to be obtained separately from Notary commissioning and certification procedures.

mobile fingerprinting unit

29 Jun 2021

Nice blog!

MARIA CARMONA

05 Jul 2021

Can I take and/or certify fingerprints in Connecticut? I'm a notary public.

National Notary Association

06 Jul 2021

Hello. You can add fingerprinting to your services if you wish. Since fingerprinting is not an authorized notarial act in Connecticut, you would have to find out what the license requirements are (if any) to become a fingerprint technician in your state or county.

1st Choice Fingerprinting

16 Aug 2021

Nice Blog!

A Anthony

21 Aug 2021

I am in Missouri and want to add fingerprint service to my business. Is it legal to do so in my state.

National Notary Association

20 Sep 2021

Hello. Taking fingerprints is not part of a Notary's authorized official duties in Missouri. You would have to find out what the license requirements are to become a fingerprint technician in your state.

Kandi

25 Sep 2021

I'm a new Notary in Missouri. I have 2 questions. First when should/would I need to have someone put their fingerprints in my journal when I notarize for them? (I see i place from them in my journal) I work in a Healthcare center, sometimes we need to have certified copies of medical records. Paper records, no problem, but how would I certify thumb drives?

National Notary Association

28 Sep 2021

Hello. In Missouri, Notaries are not required to take a signer's thumbprint for their journal entries. Regarding certifying copies of electronic documents, MO Notary law states: A copy certification is “a notarial act in which a notary: “(a) Locates or is presented with a paper or an electronic document that is not a vital record, a public record, or a recorded document; “(b) Compares the document with a second paper or electronic document that is: “a. Presented to the notary; “b. Located by the notary; or “c. Copied from the first document by the notary; and “(c) Confirms through a visual or electronic comparison that the second document is an identical, exact, and complete copy of the image or text and, if applicable, metadata of the first document” (RSMo 486.600[4])." Please be aware that Missouri Notaries may not certify copies of vital records such a birth and death certificates, and also may not certify copies of documents from other states or countries (Missouri Notary Handbook).

TRICIA

06 Oct 2021

Can I notarize a fingerprint in Connecticut that is already on a document?

National Notary Association

06 Oct 2021

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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