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May I Cross The US Border To Perform A Notarization?

New Hotline Resized 3Can a Notary from El Paso, TX authorize documents in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico? — F.F., Texas

No, the Texas Notary cannot notarize a signature while in Mexico. The Texas Notary may only notarize while physically in Texas (GC 406.003).

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Ruby james

13 Mar 2019

What is the penalty for someone in Florida to notorize a document when the notary has never seen or met the signer

National Notary Association

15 Mar 2019

“A notary public may not notarize a signature on a document if the person whose signature is being notarized is not in the presence of the notary public at the time the signature is notarized. Any notary public who violates this subsection is guilty of a civil infraction, punishable by penalty not exceeding $5,000, and such violation constitutes malfeasance and misfeasance in the conduct of official duties. It is no defense to the civil infraction specified in this subsection that the notary public acted without intent to defraud. A notary public who violates this subsection with the intent to defraud is guilty of violating s.117.105” (FS 117.107[9]).

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