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May I Notarize While Traveling Abroad?

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Can I notarize a document for a U.S. citizen who resides in Florida while I am traveling in Panama?P.B., Arizona

No. Arizona Notaries may perform official acts throughout the state of Arizona but not beyond the state borders. You must perform all parts of a notarial act at the same time and place within the state of Arizona (ARS 41-312[A]).

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Ralph Wedertz

24 Dec 2016

I am extremely puzzled and increasingly concerned that notaries do not even know notarial laws and regulations. This is evidenced by the questions I see, and the work I see from notaries in other states, which oft times is incredibly inept.

Freddy Reyes

10 Jan 2017

This is a yes or no Question. For the state of Pennsylvania, I can only use my notary seal in state only?

National Notary Association

10 Jan 2017

Hi Freddy. Yes, that's correct-a PA commission is statewide only.

Raine Anderson

10 Jan 2017

I see this question several times in this newsletter. Notaries should know that they cannot notarize outside of there state. California

J b Patel

27 Jul 2019

Can Californian notary notarize us documents in India...?

National Notary Association

30 Jul 2019

Hello. No, CA Notaries may only notarize within the borders of their own state.

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