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Can I Notarize A Document In A Language I Can’t Read?

New Hotline Resized 3Am I allowed to notarize documents written in a language I can’t read and understand? For example, a power of attorney written in Hebrew? L.M., California

You may notarize a signature on a document in a foreign language, provided that the document includes certificate wording in a language you understand, and you can communicate directly with the signer.

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Sheila Mart

03 Sep 2018

What a useful document - thank you.

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