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Can I Notarize A Document Dated Several Weeks Ago?

New Hotline Resized 3Can I notarize a document that is dated over one month ago?J.D., Nebraska

Yes, you can, provided the date is not the date of signing appearing near the signature made over a month ago and the notarial act being requested is not a jurat, verification on oath or affirmation that requires the signature to be made in front of you.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. – The Editors

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04 Nov 2019

The question from J.D. says "dated over one month ago" and your title under Most Recent Bulletins says "signed several weeks ago." Aren't these two different questions?

06 Nov 2019

I'm not quite understanding this, either. Can you please clarify, I'm trying to get this in my head and put it down on paper, but I can't seem to.

National Notary Association

07 Nov 2019

Hello. Upon review, we found the original headline didn't correctly describe the hotline question. We've changed the headline to better reflect the content of the question. We hope that helps clear up any confusion and apologize for any inconvenience.

Jennet l Moses

02 Jan 2020

can a California notary, notarize a document in the State of Georgia

National Notary Association

07 Jan 2020

Hello. No, only within the borders of California.

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