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Can I Invalidate A Notarization?

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A customer had a document notarized regarding their marriage about three years ago. They want me to invalidate the notarization.  How do I do that? — J.A., Virginia

Notaries Public do not have the authority to invalidate a notarization. If a notarized document injures someone, it would be up to a court to determine the validity of the notarization. Your customer will have to contact an attorney to see how to proceed. 

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

Confronted with a tricky notarization? Unsure how to proceed? NNA members have unlimited access to our expertly trained NNA Hotline counselors to help you with all of your notarial questions. Call 1-888-876-0827, Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. PST; Saturday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST.

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Melinda Snyder

17 May 2023

If I had something notarized can I rip it up if I changed my mind?

National Notary Association

19 May 2023

Based on what you’ve described, we think it would be best if you contacted our Hotline team by phone and provided them with a more detailed description of the situation. The NNA Hotline: 1-888-876-0827 Mon – Fri: 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (PT) Saturday: 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PT) If you’re not an NNA Member or Hotline Subscriber, they will provide you with a one-time courtesy call.

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