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May I Certify A Copy Of A Birth Certificate?

New Hotline Resized 3Can a California Notary notarize a copy of a birth certificate? J.C., California

No. California Notaries can only certify copies of powers of attorney, or, upon written request from the Secretary of State or a court order, copies of their journal.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. – The Editors

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