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Can a Notary certificate also serve as a receipt?

Since the Notary acknowledgment certificate includes the client’s name, would it also be considered a receipt?D. K., Illinois

No it would not, because Illinois statute explicitly requires Notaries to provide a receipt for services rendered (5 ILCS 312/3-104[d]) and the statute does not equate an acknowledgment certificate with a receipt. In addition, the acknowledgment certificate would not contain the amount of the fee paid for taking the acknowledgment. The acknowledgment is the Notary certification of the notarial act performed. The acknowledgment is part of the notarized document and is not a receipt.  

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24 Aug 2020

I have question that I hope you can clarify for me. In SC we are an attorney state. So when title companies contact me with assignments for my area am I allowed to accept them and meet with the client to sign the papers without an attorney present? My state secretary office said that I cannot do closings. Which I knew I could not do BUT its the lawyer part that has me confused. Can I or can I not do signings

National Notary Association

24 Aug 2020

Hello. No, South Carolina Notaries may not conduct closings without an attorney present or involved. Please see here:


24 Aug 2020

thanks for the reply...maybe I need to rewors my question...let me try it this me going to a client's house and notarizinf their documents and sending them.back to the title company considered "closing"..

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01 Sep 2020

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