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May I Notarize A Document Written In Spanish?

New Hotline Resized 3Can I notarize a document written in Spanish if I speak the language? —  M. R., Texas

Yes, Texas Notaries may notarize documents written in Spanish as long as the document contains a notarial certificate in English.

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Kenya

23 Aug 2022

What about in Florida?

National Notary Association

07 Sep 2022

Hello. In Florida, “A notary public may not take the acknowledgment of a person who does not speak or understand the English language, unless the nature and effect of the instrument to be notarized is translated into a language which the person does understand” (FS 117.107[6]).

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