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May I Notarize A Car Title For My Son?

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My son is buying a car from a private seller. Can I notarize the title?A. M., Arizona

Technically, an Arizona Notary Public may notarize the signature of a blood relative. The only relatives you may not notarize for are those related by marriage or adoption.

However, you are appointed as an impartial witness, and the Arizona Secretary of State’s office recommends that you never notarize for any family member because your impartiality could be called into question.

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Beverly

16 May 2016

Recently I Notorized a health care p o a and there was an extra blank under my commission experation date that had "my commission is permanent". My commission is not and is it ok to just leave that blank?

National Notary Association

18 May 2016

Hello Beverly. If you spot incorrect information when completing notarial certificate wording, you should cross out the incorrect information, write in the correct information, and initial and date the correction.

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