Your Cookies are Disabled! NationalNotary.org sets cookies on your computer to help improve performance and provide a more engaging user experience. By using this site, you accept the terms of our cookie policy. Learn more.

A Guide To Notarizing For Family Members

New-Family-resized.jpgUpdated 11-29-18. A Notary is an impartial witness to the signing of important documents. However, staying impartial may be difficult if the signer is part of your family. Spouses, parents, siblings and children often need documents notarized — but can you serve as their Notary? Here are some helpful tips for handling notarization requests from family members.

Only Some States Say It’s OK To Notarize For Relatives

If asked to notarize for a family member, the first thing to do is check your state’s laws. A few states prohibit Notaries from notarizing for most family members, including half- and step-relatives. Others prohibit notarizing for specific family members. For example, Florida and Massachusetts do not allow notarizing the signatures of a Notary’s spouse, parents or children. North Dakota, Oregon and West Virginia prohibit notarizing for spouses only. A Pennsylvania Notary may not notarize signatures on documents that the Notary's spouse has a direct or pecuniary interest in.

On the other hand, many states, such as Texas, do not restrict Notaries from notarizing for relatives at all. Some states, including Alabama, California, Montana and Washington, caution Notaries against notarizing documents for relatives even though the law doesn’t specifically ban it. 

If You’ll Benefit, Don’t Notarize It

Even if your state doesn’t restrict you from notarizing for a family member, you shouldn’t do it if you will benefit from the transaction in any way. If you are in a community property state, any transaction involving your spouse could potentially benefit you as well — even if your name isn’t on the document. Some states, such as California, don’t specifically ban notarizing for relatives, but do prohibit it if the Notary has some kind of involvement in the notarized document. For example, California prohibits its Notaries from notarizing a document if the Notary has a direct financial or beneficial interest such as being named in the document or receiving a gift or benefit from a transaction detailed in the document apart from the Notary's statutory fee.

If you’re not sure whether you’d stand to benefit from notarizing a document for a relative, it’s better to be safe and refer the relative to another Notary who’s not related or involved in the transaction.

The Notary Public Code of Professional Responsibility offers helpful guidance on this thorny subject. It urges the Notary to decline to notarize for close and step-relatives (see Standard II-B-5). It also calls for Notaries to avoid even the appearance of partiality, which happens in many cases involving family members (see Standard II-C-1).

Always Follow The Rules

If your state allows notarizing for a relative, remember that you still have to follow all the normal rules for identifying the signer and completing the notarization. Just because the signer is your spouse, child or other family member, it doesn’t give you the right to ignore Notary laws. Your relative will still need to appear in person before you, be identified according to state law and sign your journal entry if a journal record is required in your state.

If You Have Questions, Ask

Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you’re unsure about notarizing for a family member. Your state Notary agency may be able to help you, and NNA members can contact the Notary Hotline for assistance.

David Thun is an Associate Editor at the National Notary Association.

126 Comments

Add your comment

KRISTY CHINN

19 Dec 2016

CA law state law specifies you can do it if it is an indirect benefit to you, but not if it DIRECTLY benefits you. This being said, I feel that an employee definitely indirectly benefits from their employers notaries when they are large billings. Wouldn't they benefit from their company receiving large payments?

National Notary Association

20 Dec 2016

Hello. CA Government Code 8224 states that a Notary who has a direct financial or beneficial interest in a transaction shall not perform a notarial act in connection with that transaction, but makes an exception for Notaries acting as employees of persons having a direct interest in the transaction.

Nellie Sharp-Neal

20 Dec 2016

I viewed my state's rules regarding notarizing for relatives (in state of Virginia) and I did not see where it states either prohibited or not. Where else could I confirm the answer?

National Notary Association

20 Dec 2016

Hello. Code of Virginia 47.1-30 states that Notaries may not perform notarial acts for documents in which the Notary or the Notary's spouse is a party, named, a signature or has a direct beneficial interest.

durleen

20 May 2017

Can I notarize a residency application for my granddaughter in NYS

National Notary Association

22 May 2017

Hello. New York does not disqualify Notaries from notarizing documents on the basis of family relationship. However, if you are a party to or directly and pecuniarily interested in the transaction in some way, you cannot notarize.

Everette

19 Jul 2017

In NC can I notarize a document for my brother-in-law? I have no interest in or gain anything from the document.

National Notary Association

24 Jul 2017

Hello. Yes, if you are not a named party on the title or do not directly benefit from the transaction. State officials strongly recommend, however, that Notaries not perform notarial acts for relatives.

Hannah

23 Sep 2017

Can u notarize paperwork for my grandfather? In ga

National Notary Association

25 Sep 2017

“Notary News,” published by the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority, states: “Although the statutes do not forbid notarizing the signature of relatives, it is not a good idea. If the notarized document is ever challenged in court, it might be determined that you were not acting as an impartial witness when the document was notarized.”

victor@gonzaleznotary.com

19 Oct 2017

I'm in CA. Can I notarize a statement for my wife, who's also in CA, to be added to a bank account in another state (AL) ? Her parents passed away and the siblings are sorting out the estate.

National Notary Association

20 Oct 2017

Hello. California prohibits Notaries from notarizing if they have a direct beneficial or financial interest in the document. (GC 8224) If you would receive a financial or other benefit from your wife being added to this bank account, you should not perform the notarization.

Susan M Miller

04 Dec 2017

Can I notarize documents for my mom if I am here health care proxy and she is not able to sign.

National Notary Association

04 Dec 2017

Hello Susan. If you are signing documents on behalf of your mother, you may not notarize those documents because Notaries are not permitted to notarize their own signatures. You would need to find another Notary to notarize your signature.

Luz Santiago

04 Dec 2017

Is it legal for the State of Arizona to notarize for family? I have always turned down family because I'm unsure. Thank you.

National Notary Association

04 Dec 2017

Hello. Arizona Notaries may not notarize the signatures of any person who is related to the notary by marriage or adoption. While it is permitted to notarize for other family members not related by marriage or adoption, state officials have recommended against notarizing for close relatives due to possible appearance of bias by the Notary.

Ken Dobos

05 Dec 2017

What is the Ohio Law on notarizing for relatives? Thank you.

National Notary Association

05 Dec 2017

Hello. The following is from "A Handbook And Notarial Journal For Notaries Public" published by the Franklin County Common Pleas Court and Columbus Bar Association: “A notary cannot take the acknowledgment to an instrument in which the notary has an interest, for example, a deed of real estate either to or from the notary. A notary may take the acknowledgment of a relative, even a wife or husband, if the notary has no interest in the transaction” (p. 13).

Christina Thompson

05 Dec 2017

So... I am in CA. The wife of my brother-in-law has a son just died... banks will require a notarized statement from her because she is the next of kin. He has very little money ($2,500 Or less)..no job, no inheritance, etc, etc. Can I notarize that statement from her?

National Notary Association

08 Dec 2017

Hello. Yes, you may notarize the document provided that you have no direct financial or beneficial interest in the transaction (for example, being named as a party in the document being notarized.)

patricia moppin

07 Dec 2017

can I notarize papers for immediate family members in Missouri.

National Notary Association

08 Dec 2017

Hello. Missouri does not prohibit notarizing for family members, but state officials advise against doing so. From the Missouri Notary Public Handbook: “Missouri law does not forbid notaries from notarizing the signatures of relatives. However, if the notarized document was ever the subject of a court suit, a judge might determine the notary was not an impartial witness to the signing of the document. The Office of Secretary of State suggests that a notary not notarize documents for a spouse, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, niece, nephew, aunt, uncle, child or grandchild."

Theresa

11 Dec 2017

As long as you don't benefit from notarizing their papers you should be good. My state MS only say that.

Wanda M Lemke

28 Jan 2018

What yr did the Texas law that notorizing for a family member is legal come into effect.

National Notary Association

30 Jan 2018

Hello. Information about notarizing for relatives in Texas comes from the TX Secretary of State's website here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/faqs2300.shtml#np11

Donna Draper

29 Jan 2018

I am a notary I have lost my rule book, I need to know if I can marry my grandson and his girlfriend what are the rules in Maine

National Notary Association

30 Jan 2018

Hello. Maine Notaries are authorized to perform weddings. You can find information on pages 15-18 of the Maine Notary Public Handbook and Resource Guide online at: http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/notary/notaryguide.pdf

Jocelyn

01 Feb 2018

May i notarize proof of residency for my daughter who is moving with us?

Jocelyn

01 Feb 2018

Hello Jocelyn. To help us answer your question can you please tell us what state you are commissioned in?

Amanda Eisenschenk

05 Feb 2018

if me husband's name is in the document but he isn't the one signing, is that against ND state law for me to notarize this paperwork? thanks

National Notary Association

07 Feb 2018

Hello. A North Dakota Notary may not notarize if the name of the Notary's spouse appears on the document.

Denise Rogers

14 Feb 2018

Hello, I am a real estate agent in PA and am needing to get together a deed package for my 89 year old client who is unable to attend settlement. Can his step-daughter notarize the necessary signatures? I assume there would be a benefit in the will at some point with the sale of his home, but should I be sure of that? It would make it so much easier for him for her to come to his place! Thank you for your time.

National Notary Association

14 Feb 2018

Hello. No, the signer must be physically present before the Notary. A relative cannot appear in place of the absent signer.

HWhite@duanemorris.com

19 Mar 2018

Can I notarize my mother in law's name change in PA

National Notary Association

19 Mar 2018

Hello. Yes, as long as you do not have a direct or pecuniary interest in the document.

Rebecca

02 Apr 2018

Hello. My father-in-law is a realtor in Florida. Could he use me as a mobile notary for his clients, if I didn't benefit other than typical fees paid by his clients for the service?

National Notary Association

03 Apr 2018

Hello. Florida Notaries may not notarize the signatures of their own spouses, sons, daughters, mothers or fathers (FS 117.107[11]).

Dolores

20 Apr 2018

I live in NY can I notarize for my mother in law ? I do not benefit from what I am notarizing

National Notary Association

23 Apr 2018

Hello. New York does not prohibit Notaries notarizing for relatives. As long as you do not have a direct financial or beneficial interest in the document, you may notarize it.

Bobbi

13 May 2018

I live in Indiana and my child is in school in Tennessee, she is getting a part time job there and needs a document signed and notarized claiming declaration of citizenship. She has her Indiana address but document comes from the state of Tennessee. Can I notarizes this for her? She didn't change her license to Tennessee. Or does she need a Tennessee notary? She is in school there.

National Notary Association

15 May 2018

Hello. While not prohibited by law, the state of Indiana strongly discourages Notaries from notarizing documents for family members due to the risk of the Notary's impartiality being compromised.

Lisa

13 Jun 2018

Is it legal in Texas for a son to notarized a statement for his father?

National Notary Association

18 Jun 2018

Hello. Texas does not disqualify you from notarizing if the signer is a relative. However, if the statement would benefit you in some way, or if you are named in the document, another Notary should perform the notarization instead.

Greg

15 Jun 2018

I'm a Virginia notary. I'd like to notarize a document for my spouse. The document is a parent's permission/acknowledgement form for my 2 kids to go to summer camp. Obviously, there is not direct/indirect benefit to me...it is simply notarized to ensure the actual parent has given permission. VA notary law talks about notaries can't notarize a relative's document...but in the same sentence it seems to expound upon the spirit/intent of not notarizing relatives documents is to ensure there's no conflict of interest. If I don't benefit from notarizing a camp permission form, it seems to me that I am meeting the intent of the 'relative' rule if I notarize under that interpretation. Am I wrong?

National Notary Association

18 Jun 2018

Hello. We're sorry, but Virginia Notary law explicitly prohibits Notaries from notarizing any document to which the Notary or the Notary's spouse is a party to. The only exception that a Notary is not disqualfied solely for being named in a document for the purpose of receiving notices, or named in a document as executor, trustee, or other fiduciary. Virginia law says that a Notary who violates this provision is guilty of official misconduct (COV 47.1-30).

Kristi

18 Jun 2018

Hello! I'm in Colorado. Wondering if it is okay to notarize my brother's divorce settlement papers. His ex-wife requested I do it. I have no gain in the matter, obviously. It's amicable. Just curious. I know we are permitted to notarize for relatives here, but figured I'd ask! Thanks!

National Notary Association

18 Jun 2018

Hi Kristi. You are correct that Colorado does not prohibit notarizing for relatives. However, the Secretary of State's website does caution that if the document is questioned in the future, it may be looked at more closely since you are a relative of the signer. The Secretary of State's office suggests on its website in order to avoid questions about your impartiality as a notary as well as possible accusations of undue influence, it is always safest for a signer to find a notary that he or she is not related to instead.

Ray

01 Jul 2018

My ex wife divorced. And she got her sister to notarize everything my house and belongings. Is this legal. In texas

National Notary Association

02 Jul 2018

Hello. Any legal questions regarding a divorce would need to be answered by a qualified attorney.

LaShawn

11 Jul 2018

Is it legal in California to notarize my mother's health care directive? I would be the one carrying out her wishes.

National Notary Association

11 Jul 2018

Hello. California Notaries are not permitted to notarize if the Notary has a direct financial or beneficial interest in a transaction (GC 8224). Since you would receive the authority to make decisions for your mother's healthcare, you would have an interest in the transaction and should not be the one to notarize your mother's signature.

LT Corrigan

12 Jul 2018

Can a mother who is a notary, notarize a Minor power of attorney for her own child? There is no benefit from it other than giving another family guardian ship during the parents travel.

National Notary Association

13 Jul 2018

Hello. Since different states have different rules regarding notarizing for family members, can you please tell us what state you are commissioned in?

Sally

13 Jul 2018

Can I notarize a document for my son? It’s related to his purchasing property. I am a West Virginia notary.

National Notary Association

16 Jul 2018

Hello. The West Virginia Notary Handbook says that Notaries may not notarize papers for members of immediate family if you could receive money or property interest from the transaction. In order to avoid possible conflict of interest, you should find another unrelated Notary for the transaction.

Janice

16 Aug 2018

My husband and I will take temporary Guardianship of my grandson and move him from NY to North Carolina to live with us. can I sign my husband’s name and get it notarized in NY to take to NC? Or does he have to sign and notarize his signature in NC where he is now?

National Notary Association

16 Aug 2018

Hello. Notaries may not notarize a signature if the signer does not personally appear and present proof of identity. If your husband wishes to have his signature notarized on a document, he would need to appear in person before a Notary in the state he is located in.

Rhonda

26 Sep 2018

My husband died can I sign his name on a motorized document in his name I’m a beneficiary

National Notary Association

28 Sep 2018

Hello. No, it is not permissible for someone else to sign a deceased person's name on a document after their death.

David

07 Oct 2018

Can I notarize my wife’s signature in New Jersey. No financial benefit. This just allows her to get senior citizen status.

National Notary Association

08 Oct 2018

Hello. Unfortunately, New Jersey does not provide specific guidelines regarding notarizing for spouses. The New Jersey Notary Public Manual states, "Notaries should refrain from notarizing documents in which they have a personal interest, including documents they have prepared for a fee." If you are unsure whether or not you may be considered to have a disqualifying interest, our recommendation is to err on the side of caution and have another Notary with no connection to the signer or document perform the notarization instead just to be safe.

David

09 Oct 2018

Can I notarize my wife’s signature in New Jersey. No financial benefit. This just allows her to get senior citizen status.

National Notary Association

10 Oct 2018

Hello. New Jersey does not specifically prohibit Notaries from notarizing for a spouse. The New Jersey Notary Public Manual says, “Notaries should refrain from notarizing documents in which they have a personal interest, including documents they have prepared for a fee.”

Michelle McIntyre

10 Oct 2018

Can I notarize my daughter’s signature if she was acting in the capacity of a process server in MI?

National Notary Association

10 Oct 2018

Hello. No, Michigan Notaries may not notarize for their children: “A notary public shall not perform a notarial act for a spouse, lineal ancestor, lineal descendant, or sibling including in-laws, steps, or half-relatives” (MCL 55.291[8]).

Al

11 Oct 2018

Can my spouse notarize a Dept Motor Vehicle request for a duplicate title for a motorcycle I own. We both live in Pennsylvania. I am not selling it.

National Notary Association

11 Oct 2018

Hello. No, your spouse cannot notarize your document: "A notarial officer may not perform a notarial act with respect to a record in which the notarial officer or the notarial officer’s spouse has a direct or pecuniary interest” (57 Pa.C.S. 304[b][1]).

Dave

19 Oct 2018

I am a Notary in the state of Maine. My brother owns his business and needs to have a lien waiver for a client notarized. Can I notarized this? I have no stake or ownership in the company.

National Notary Association

19 Oct 2018

Hello. No, Maine Notaries are not permitted to notarize documents for their siblings.though they may solemnize marriages for family members (4 MRSA 954-A).

Karen K

25 Oct 2018

Ohio I looked up my state laws. Can I notarize for Husband, parents, children? ie car titles, advanced directives, mortgage, deeds, etc. As long as I do not benefit from it.

National Notary Association

25 Oct 2018

“A notary cannot take the acknowledgment to an instrument in which the notary has an interest, for example, a deed of real estate either to or from the notary. A notary may take the acknowledgment of a relative, even a wife or husband, if the notary has no interest in the transaction” ("A Handbook for Notaries Public" published by the Franklin County Common Pleas Court and Columbus Bar Association, p. 13).

Legrand T

27 Oct 2018

In SC can a notary public sign a marriage certificate for a step child?

National Notary Association

31 Oct 2018

Hello. There is no prohibition in South Carolina against officiating a wedding or performing a notarization for a stepchild. However, a South Carolina Notary may not notarize if the Notary is named in the document, signs the document or would benefit from the document. Also, South Carolina Notaries may not certify copies of marriage certificates.

Dustin lorow

13 Nov 2018

Can my notery noterize her husband fore my concealed carry permit in ny

National Notary Association

14 Nov 2018

Based on what you’ve described, we think it would be best if you contacted our Hotline team by phone and provided them with a more detailed description of the situation. The NNA Hotline: 1-888-876-0827 Mon – Fri: 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (PT) Saturday: 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PT) If you’re not an NNA Member or Hotline Subscriber, they will provide you with a one-time courtesy call.

Katee

15 Nov 2018

Can I notarize a passport application for my niece. She is 14 so I am really notarizing my brother and SIL signature. I am in WA state. I do not see that it is against WA state law and it has no financial benefit to me.

National Notary Association

16 Nov 2018

Hello. Washington Notaries may not notarize for the Notary's spouse or domestic partner and may not notarize if their spouse/domestic partner has an interest in the transaction. They may notarize for family members outside of their spouse or domestic partner, so long as the Notary or the Notary's spouse/domestic partner do not have a direct beneficial interest in the notarization.

Katie L

28 Nov 2018

Hello, I live in PA and work for my mother-in-law, my husband also works for the business (he is the president). Can I notarize business paperwork for them? Most are waiver of liens and AIA applications. I am the bookkeeper for the business. Thanks

National Notary Association

29 Nov 2018

Hello. A Pennsylvania Notary may not perform a notarial act with respect to a record in which the notarial officer or the notarial officer’s spouse has a direct or pecuniary interest (57 Pa.C.S. 304[b][1]).

Uriah

01 Dec 2018

I live in Washington state and my grandma is in poor health and would like to sign a DNR, and would like to sign over any medical decisions to my mother, can I notarized those documents?

National Notary Association

03 Dec 2018

Hello. Washington Notaries are prohibited from notarizing for the Notary's spouse or domestic partner. (RCW 42.45.020[2]) They may notarize for other relatives provided the Notary and/or the Notary's spouse or domestic partner do not have a direct beneficial interest in the notarization. If you are unsure whether or not the document may be questioned if you notarize in this situation, the safest course is to have an uninvolved Notary who is not related to the signers perform the notarization instead.

Toni

03 Dec 2018

Does the state of Tennessee prohibit notarizing for relatives

National Notary Association

03 Dec 2018

Hello. An opinion issued by the TN Attorney General's office (Opinion 10-97, issued September 13, 2010), says: “It is the opinion of this Office that a notary public is prohibited from notarizing his or her spouse’s signature because of the requirement that notaries discharge the duties of office ‘without favor or partiality.’ Tenn. Code Ann. Sec. 8-16-105. The spousal relationship prevents the notary public from being impartial in the matter. The notarization of a spouse’s signature would not, however, be void per se, but it would be voidable upon evidence of undue advantage, fraud, or oppression arising out of the fact of such relationship.”

Cristina Poo

03 Dec 2018

I'm in Florida. Can I notarize for my Brother and Sister?

National Notary Association

03 Dec 2018

Hello. A Florida Notary may not notarize a signature on a document if the person whose signature is to be notarized is the spouse, son, daughter, mother, or father of the Notary (FS 117.107[11]). However, Florida Notaries may perform wedding ceremonies for relatives.

Brenda McAllister

03 Dec 2018

Can I notarize the document my daughter signs to take my grandson out of state?

National Notary Association

03 Dec 2018

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

Renee Barker

04 Dec 2018

I am a CA notary. My daughter and son in law did IVF in clinic A and there is 1 fertilized egg left. They have changed to clinic B to start IVF because of failure in clinic A. In order to transfer fertilized egg from clinic A to clinic B a release must be notarized by both of them. Can I do the notary as their mother.?

National Notary Association

05 Dec 2018

Hello. The CA Secretary of State's Office provides the following guidelines for notarizing for relatives in its 2018 Notary Public Handbook: "A notary public may notarize documents for relatives or others, unless doing so would provide a direct financial or beneficial interest to the notary public. Given California’s community property law, care should be exercised if notarizing for a spouse or a domestic partner. A notary public would have a direct financial or beneficial interest to a transaction in the following situations (Government Code section 8224): • If a notary public is named, individually, as a principal to a financial transaction. • If a notary public is named, individually, as any of the following to a real property transaction: beneficiary, grantor, grantee, mortgagor, mortgagee, trustor, trustee, vendor, vendee, lessor, or lessee. A notary public would not have a direct financial or beneficial interest in a transaction if a notary public is acting in the capacity of an agent, employee, insurer, attorney, escrow holder, or lender for a person having a direct financial or beneficial interest in the transaction. If in doubt as to whether or not to notarize, the notary public should seek the advice of an attorney."

Tiffiane

12 Dec 2018

Can I notarized my sister in laws revised divorce papers?

Tiffiane

13 Dec 2018

Hello. To help us answer your question can you please tell us what state you are commissioned in?

Susan

22 Dec 2018

In the state of OK can I notarize for my niece?

National Notary Association

27 Dec 2018

Hi Susan. The Oklahoma Secretary of State's website says the following about notarizing for relatives: “The law does not forbid notaries from notarizing the signatures of relatives. However, if the notarized document was ever the subject of a court suit, a judge might determine the notary was not an impartial witness.”

Christina

07 Jan 2019

Hi, I have a son who’s 6 years old. I and my sisters have raised my son. My sister do have the right to signature, taking him to school, doctor or anywhere. Also my sister is my liability for me and my child. Is there possibly I can get notarizing for my sister and my son or my sister can notarizing us? Also will this help if my son father trying to take him back too? He haven’t seen him two years. Thanks.

National Notary Association

07 Jan 2019

Hello. We're sorry, but we can't answer any questions about legal issues relating to custody of a child. You would need to speak with a qualified attorney for advice with any legal matters.

Chris S

07 Jan 2019

Hello, question about a quit claim deed for state of Mass. If I signed a quit claim deed for the property my husband and I owned during our divorce.( he lives on the property, I moved) can his sister notarize the deed? Or would this be invalid in Mass? Thanks

National Notary Association

07 Jan 2019

Hello. In Massachusetts, a Notary is disqualified from notarizing the signatures of a sibling or sibling-in-law of the signer. The only exception is if the signer is witnessing a will or other legal document prepared by a Notary public who also an attorney licensed in Massachusetts (GL 222 Sec. 16[a][vii]).

Helen T

14 Jan 2019

Can I notarize for my husband in Maryland?

National Notary Association

14 Jan 2019

Hello. The Handbook for Maryland Notaries Public Notaries says, "... to minimize personal involvement, notaries should refrain from performing official acts for members of their immediate families, even though not ordinarily under a legal duty to refrain” (HNP).

Elisha

16 Jan 2019

Can my sister notarize my divorce forms in the state of Florida? We are half sisters and she has no relation to this case at all.

National Notary Association

16 Jan 2019

Hello. While Florida Notaries may not notarize for their spouses, sons, daughters, mothers, or fathers, notarizing for siblings is permitted as long as the Notary has no financial interest in the transaction and is not a party to the transaction. (FS 117.107[12] and FS 117.107[11])

Laura

20 Jan 2019

In PA, can I notarize for my father who is receiving a government appointed position? I would be notarizing the oath.

National Notary Association

22 Jan 2019

Hello. As long as you do not have a direct or pecuniary interest in the transaction, you may perform the notarization.

Elizabeth Rodriguez

30 Jan 2019

Hi, I'm In CA, And my mothers' Identification Documents were lost/Stolen. She needs a notarized letter can I notarize it for her to continue the process of getting all her Docs again?, or shall I find another notary for her? I won't be a witness but my stepfather would be her witness.

National Notary Association

30 Jan 2019

Hello. A California Notary may notarize for relatives unless doing so would provide a direct financial or beneficial interest to the Notary. If you are unsure whether or not you would have an interest in the document, the safest course would be to have a Notary who is not related to your mother perform the notarization.

John

19 Feb 2019

My dad and I signed a document can his wife be the notary for that document? Minnesota

National Notary Association

20 Feb 2019

Hello. Not if the wife is named in the document or would receive a direct beneficial interest from the document.

Barbara Collazo

07 Mar 2019

Can I notarized for my ex son in law for paperwork to authorized my granddaughter to get a passport

National Notary Association

07 Mar 2019

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

Taini Torres

18 Mar 2019

Can I notarize my boyfriends paperwork that allows the mother to travel out of the country with her since there is no benefit for either one of us? We are located in Florida.

National Notary Association

20 Mar 2019

Hello. You may notarize as long as you do not have a financial interest in the document and are not a party to the underlying transaction. However, you may not notarize for any signer who is related to you as your spouse, son, daughter, mother, or father.

Charlotte Barbo

10 Apr 2019

I am a notary. My husband is a church pastor. We are in Ohio. He needs to sign a document along with one of the church elders and have their signatures notarized. It is a document for the youth of our church who are going on a mission trip. Can I notarize this?

National Notary Association

11 Apr 2019

Hello. Yes, provided that you are not named in the document and have no interest or benefit in the document. “A notary cannot take the acknowledgment to an instrument in which the notary has an interest, for example, a deed of real estate either to or from the notary. A notary may take the acknowledgment of a relative, even a wife or husband, if the notary has no interest in the transaction” (HNP, p. 13).

Kristen Zdanavage

28 May 2019

In Pa, can I notarize my daughters form to allow her husband to apply for a passport for their child?

National Notary Association

30 May 2019

Hello. Yes, as long as you do not have a direct interest (such as being named in the document) or financial interest in the document.

Elizabeth Mel

09 Jul 2019

can I notarize my boyfriend police application I gain nothing from this, state in Florida

National Notary Association

22 Jul 2019

Hello. Yes, provided you do not have a a financial interest in the document and are not a party to the underlying transaction.

Melissa H.

29 Jul 2019

As a Florida notary; can I sign for my Father’s ex-wife?

National Notary Association

30 Jul 2019

Hello. You may notarize the signature of your father's ex-wife as long as you are not named in or have a beneficial interest in the document.

Keith Evans

30 Jul 2019

I live in Nort Carolina and was told i can notorize a car title for my wife but its not the best thing to do

AMANDA WENSEL

04 Sep 2019

I am in Pennsylvania. My father wants to have a family meeting to discuss his wishes after he passes. I wish to receive nothing after his passing, but hoping to notarize paperwork on his behalf to lower the chance of arguments between other siblings. Am I able to notarize for him?

National Notary Association

06 Sep 2019

Hello. “A notarial officer may not perform a notarial act with respect to a record in which the notarial officer or the notarial officer’s spouse has a direct or pecuniary interest” (57 Pa.C.S. 304[b][1]). As this involves your father's estate, we recommend that you find an uninvolved Notary to perform notarizations for your father in order to prevent possible future claims of improper bias on your part.

Matthew

06 Sep 2019

In CA. My mother in law wants to make my wife power of attorney solely to sign her loan documents on a refi. Can I notarize the document for my mother in law. Neither my wife or my self have interest in the property

National Notary Association

10 Sep 2019

Hello. California prohibits notarizing if the Notary has a direct financial or beneficial interest in the transaction. Since your spouse would be receiving the benefit of this power of attorney and it is not 100 percent clear from your description whether or not you could also benefit from this, we would strongly recommend finding an unrelated Notary instead to avoid any possible questions of improper bias.

Sharise

12 Sep 2019

I'm in NC, would I be able to notarize my sister's name change documents for the DMV?

National Notary Association

12 Sep 2019

Hello. Yes, provided you are not named in the documents and will not receive a financial benefit or other benefit from the document.

Leave a Comment

Required *

All comments are reviewed and if approved, will display.