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Can Florida Notaries Certify Photocopies?

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Can a FL Notary certify a photocopy of a document? A.S., Florida

Yes. In Florida, Notaries are authorized to attest to the accuracy of photocopies of certain documents.

Although commonly known as “certified” photocopies, state law refers to these documents as “attested” photocopies. A notary public may attest to a copy of a document if the following criteria, found in Section 117.05(12) of the Florida Statutes, are satisfied:

  • The document being photocopied must be an original document.
  • The document cannot be a vital or public record. (Certified copies of vital public records are available from another public official.)
  • The Notary Public must supervise the making of the photocopy, if the Notary doesn’t make the photocopy him- or herself.

Other states have different rules for Notaries certifying copies. 

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Starr Weiner

02 May 2016

Please remove me from all email lists, I am no longer a notary

National Notary Association

03 May 2016

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