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Can I Notarize My Father’s Application For A Handicap Placard?

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My father is going to apply for a handicap placard. Can I notarize his paperwork?C.O., Pennsylvania

Although not addressed in statute, it is recommended that a Notary not notarize for a spouse, parent, sibling, or other family member related by heredity or marriage because the financial affairs of family members are often intertwined. Such a notarization could be considered a conflict of interest. Thus, it is always the safest practice to avoid even the appearance of a financial or beneficial interest and not notarize documents for immediate family.  Government Code, 57 PS 165[b] states a Notary Public may not notarize in any transaction in which he or she has a financial interest.

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carolyn lipnick

29 Nov 2016

Confused by your answer. How would notarizing this be of financial interest to the Notary? "Government Code, 57 PS 165[b] states a Notary Public may not notarize in any transaction in which he or she has a financial interest."

Alicia

01 Dec 2016

As Carolyn stated, how is this a financial interest?

National Notary Association

01 Dec 2016

Hello. As stated in our response above, PA statute does not specifically address whether notarizing a parent's handicap placard is a conflict of interest or not--the law only says that Notaries in the state may not notarize if the Notary would receive a financial benefit from the transaction. In cases where it is unclear whether there is a potential conflict of interest, we recommend that the Notary avoid notarizing as a precaution against possible challenges to the notarization's validity in the future. In general, the NNA recommends against notarizing for close family members even when permitted by state law as a precaution against any appearance of bias on the Notary's part.

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