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Can I Notarize For A Signer In Washington, D.C.?

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I am commissioned by the state of Maryland. Am I allowed to notarize a document for a resident in the District of Columbia? S.C., Maryland

No. Any notarization you perform must take place within the borders of Maryland (ACM St. Gov. 18-109).  If the District resident was present in Maryland with you, you could notarize their document.

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Teri Raad

30 Apr 2020

I am a notary in Maryland, can I remote notarize someone in DC

National Notary Association

30 Apr 2020

Hello. Maryland has enacted emergency RON guidelines you can find here: https://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2020/03/states-emergency-action-remote-notarization

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