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Are there restrictions where I can advertise Notary services?

Am I able to post an ad on Google that lets people know that I am a commissioned Notary Public?J.W., California

Yes, you may advertise on Google. California’s restrictions on advertising is specific to the information you are advertising, not the method.  When advertising, only promote the services you are permitted to perform as a Notary Public.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. – The Editors

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Rhonda Lippencott

08 Sep 2020

The Patriot Act form is to be completed for all signers on the loan. When you have a non-borrowing spouse the non-borrower information is not to be completed as they are not obtaining credit/loan from the lender. It is a violation of HIPPA to disclose the non-borrowers information, however, several title companies require the information. Please advise how we are to inform the title/mortgage companies this is a violation and we are not to complete the form.

National Notary Association

08 Sep 2020

Based on what you’ve described, we think it would be best if you contacted our Hotline team by phone and provided them with a more detailed description of the situation. The NNA Hotline: 1-888-876-0827 Mon – Fri: 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (PT) Saturday: 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PT) If you’re not an NNA Member or Hotline Subscriber, they will provide you with a one-time courtesy call.

Dawn Thomas

12 Sep 2020

I would like to see a reply to this question. I have purchased a home with my husband and was not on the loan yet the title company was requesting all of my information as well.

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