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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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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.

13 Apr 2023

If I am a previous owner of a vehicle, am I allowed to notarize the title since it is not in my name? It would be in my boyfriends name.

National Notary Association

14 Apr 2023

Hello. To help us answer your question, what state are you commissioned in?


15 Apr 2023

I am commissioned in the state of Ohio.

National Notary Association

28 Apr 2023

Thank you. In Ohio, “A notary public shall not do any of the following: “(1) Perform a notarial act with regard to a record or document executed by the notary; “(2) Notarize the notary’s own signature; “(3) Take the notary’s own deposition; “(4) Perform a notarial act if the notary has a conflict of interest with regard to the transaction in question” (ORC 147.141[A]). “As used in this section, ‘conflict of interest’ means either of the following: “(1) The notary has a direct financial or other interest in the transaction in question, excluding the fees authorized under this chapter. “(2) The notary is named, individually or as a grantor, grantee, mortgagor, mortgagee, trustor, trustee, beneficiary, vendor, lessor, or lessee, or as a party in some other capacity to the transaction” (ORC 147.141[C]).

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