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Can I Notarize My Daughter's Marriage Certificate?

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Is it permitted to notarize my daughter's and her new husband's marriage certificate in the State of Michigan, since I have no beneficial interest?  K.B., Michigan

No, you may not notarize a marriage certificate for your child in Michigan. MCL 55.291(8) states “A notary public shall not perform a notarial act for a spouse, lineal ancestor, lineal descendant, or sibling including in-laws, steps, or half-relatives.”

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Joan E Walden

10 Mar 2020

May I notarize a care title for my son in the State of North Carolina.

National Notary Association

12 Mar 2020

Hello. While North Carolina does not have specific restrictions against notarizing for relatives, you cannot notarize if you are a signer, party to, or beneficiary of the document being notarized.

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