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May I Certify Copies Of A Social Security Card And Marriage License?

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I have been asked to notarize a copy of a Social Security card and marriage license. Can I notarize copies of these documents in the state of Indiana?B.G., Indiana

No. While Indiana authorizes its Notaries to certify or attest to copies of documents, the state Notary Public Guide says that copies of official records or documents may not be certified. In most cases, Notaries are not authorized to certify copies of vital records such as marriage, death or birth certificates because the original document is kept by the issuing recording office. Only the recording office that holds the original document may issue certified copies.

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Jean Sanchez

03 Nov 2022

would this be the same case in california as well?

National Notary Association

03 Nov 2022

Hello. In California, Notaries can perform copy certifications only for a power of attorney (GC 8205[a][4]; Probate Code 4307[b][2]) or an entry of the Notary’s journal if ordered by the Secretary of State or a court (GC 8205[b][1]; GC 8206[e]).

Rebecca Graham

11 May 2023

Can i notarize a copy of SS card in GA?

National Notary Association

12 May 2023

Hello. No, Georgia Notaries may not certify copies of vital records, public records or publicly recorded documents.


24 Jul 2023

Can you notarize a copy of SS card in Texas? Thanks

National Notary Association

07 Aug 2023

Yes, a Social Security card can be copy certified by a Notary in the state of Texas.

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