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Can I Notarize A Relative's Marriage Documents?

New Hotline Resized 3My niece is having a civil wedding ceremony and would like me to notarize her marriage documents. I know I can't notarize documents for immediate family members, but what about nieces? U.C., Florida

You are not prohibited from notarizing the signature of your niece on her marriage documents. The statute only prohibits notarizing the signature of a spouse, son, daughter, mother or father (F.S. 117.107[11]).

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05 Aug 2019

Why must I fill this out just to read an article?

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05 Aug 2019

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07 Aug 2019

what are all kinds of duties can a NOTARY Profrom is TEXAS?

National Notary Association

09 Aug 2019

Hello. Texas Notaries may perform the following notarial acts (GC 406.016[a]): • Take acknowledgments and proofs; • Administer oaths and affirmations; • Take depositions; • Certify copies of documents not recordable in the public record; • Protest negotiable instruments; • Open and inventory safe deposit boxes (Finance Code [FC] 59.109[a-2]).

Christine Flores

14 Aug 2019

what can be titles and what else.thanks

11 Feb 2020

Can I notorize a SPECIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY TO TRANSFER VEHICLE? I read the document and in my opinion I think I can. Also what type document is it? Acknowledgement?

National Notary Association

11 Feb 2020

Hello. The signer must tell you what type of notarization they require-as the Notary, you may not select the type of notarization on the signer's behalf. If the signer requests a notarization that is authorized by your state laws and meets all statutory requirements, then you may perform the notarization.


25 Feb 2020

My mother was the notary for my marriage certificate 15 years ago. Am I legally married?

National Notary Association

26 Feb 2020

Hello. We're sorry, but that's a legal question that would require you to contact a qualified attorney for advice.

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