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Can Corrections Be Made On A Notary Certificate?

New Hotline Resized 3I made an error on a notarial certificate, and my customer has brought it back to me. Can I make corrections on the certificate? — L.R., Nevada

Nevada law does not address corrections on a notarial certificate. In the absence of a statute, we recommend following the standard of professional practice when making a correction. To correct a notarial certificate:

  • Line through the incorrect information.
  • Legibly print the correct information.
  • Initial and date the correction.
  • Make a notation in your journal entry.

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