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Can I Notarize In Two States If I Live Near The Border?

Hello, I just became a Notary for my job in West Virginia, which is on the border of Ohio. I actually live in Ohio.  Can I notarize in Ohio as well?J.S., West Virginia

No. As a West Virginia Notary, you may perform official acts throughout the state of West Virginia but not beyond state borders  (WVC 39-4-10[a][1]). To be able to notarize in Ohio, you’d have to apply and be commissioned as an Ohio Notary.

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Cassandra

13 Jul 2020

Can you be a licensed Notary in two states if they border each other. (i.e. DC, Maryland, Virginia)

National Notary Association

14 Jul 2020

Hello. It depends on the laws of the specific states in question. For more information, please see here: https://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2014/10/faq-where-can-notaries-use-their-commissions

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