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Can Notaries Also Be Process Servers?

New Hotline Resized 3As a Notary Public, can I act as a process server?  E.S., CA

If you are asking whether a Notary commission authorizes you to be a process servicer, the answer is no. If you want to know if you can be a Notary and a process server at the same time, the answer is yes, provided you complete the process server registration process in your county. See the county clerk/recorder’s office in your county for more information.

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Jeff

15 Oct 2019

Can the process server Notarize their own Affidavit or Return of Service?

National Notary Association

16 Oct 2019

Hello. No, Notaries may not notarize their own signatures.

Larry Wissler

21 Oct 2019

I am a notary in Arizona and want to know if I can perform a marriage in this state. I have one coming up and want to know, Thanks.

National Notary Association

24 Oct 2019

Hello. Arizona Notaries are not authorized to perform marriage ceremonies as part of their official duties.

Diana collins

21 Oct 2019

I didn't think we could notarise our own signature

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