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Can I Shorten My Name When Completing A Notary Certificate?

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My full name as it appears on my commission is so long it doesn't fit on the line in the acknowledgment form. Could I abbreviate my middle name to "J" when filling out certificate wording?S.S., California

No, you cannot abbreviate your name when completing a notarial certificate — doing so is cause for the document to be rejected. The Notary’s printed name on a certificate must match exactly with the name on their commission. If the certificate does not allow enough room for your name, you would have to attach a separate certificate that does have the space. 

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Aurora Ortega

13 Nov 2017

Good Morning

Jadene Payton

13 Nov 2017

I used my full first & last names when I got my first commission. Since then, when I renew, I have shortened it to JPayton rather than signing the full first name as that became exhausting after sever hundred signings. I believe you have to make that change when you renew your commission.

Greg Garcia

13 Nov 2017

Can my girlfriend become a notary if she is not a citicen yet ?

National Notary Association

15 Nov 2017

Hello Greg. If you can tell us what state your girlfriend would like to apply for a commission in, we can tell you the application requirements.

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