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Notary Bulletin

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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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:

Renee Sammons

13 Apr 2021

I have a lot of snowbirds here. Can I notarized for them

National Notary Association

16 Apr 2021

Hello. To help us ensure we provide you with the correct information, can you please tell us what state you are commissioned in?

Renee Sammons

16 Apr 2021

Sorry I should have included my state Florida. I have a lot of snowbirds here. Can I notarized for them

National Notary Association

26 Apr 2021

Hello. Any traditional notarization you perform require the signer and yourself to be physically present together within the borders of Florida, but the signer's original place of residence does not matter. If you are authorized to perform remote online notarizations, the signer can be located anywhere, but you must be physically within Florida's borders at the time the remote online notarization is performed.

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