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Notary Bulletin

Can I notarize documents in a foreign country?

Is it possible to notarize documents in a foreign country? — D. A., Illinois

This question has two answers. First, no, as an Illinois Notary you may not notarize a document if you are outside Illinois in another country. Second, yes, a document may be notarized in a foreign country by a notarial officer of that country or by a U.S. citizen taking the document to a U.S. consulate to be notarized by a U.S. consular officer. 

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Artur Oktanyan

29 Mar 2021

Your answers are always too narrow. I would have answered: "No U.S. state allows for a notary to notarize a document in a foreign country, and that includes Illinois." This way you have answered the question for the person who asked and for all those who may ask What about my state? Please always be mindful of this.

National Notary Association

31 Mar 2021

Hello. Virginia gives its Notaries worldwide jurisdiction for any document intended to be used in Virginia or by the U.S. government (COV 47.1-13[B]; HNP)

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