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May I Change The Wording In A Notary Certificate?

New Hotline Resized 3Can I change the wording in a certificate from “State of Florida” to “State of North Carolina”? J. O., North Carolina

If you are referring to the venue at the top of the certificate wording, then the answer is yes.  The venue on a Notary certificate should always indicate where the notarization is performed, (“State of ____, County of _____”). If the venue is incorrect, you should draw a line through the incorrect information, make the correction and initial the change.

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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12 Dec 2018

What about all the fictitious names and prior names the title companies and lenders put in the preprinted certificates? It would be quite nice if the NNA could let them know we have no authority to certify former names, assumed names and misspelled names in our certificates!!! We do have to cross those out and their personnel could use some education from the NNA. Wishful thinking?

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