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Do I have to record documents I don't notarize in my journal?

Does a document in a loan package that does not require notarization have to be entered in the Notary journal?D. S., Washington

No; you only must make a journal entry for the notarial acts you perform. See RCW 42.45.180: “A notary public shall maintain a journal in which the notary public chronicles all notarial acts that the notary public performs.”

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Elizabeth Boger Foreman

30 Aug 2021

What if you are required to administer an oath? This is a notarial act (at least in Virginia) , but does not require a notary stamp. I would record this in my notary journal - correct?

National Notary Association

30 Aug 2021

Hello. Yes, if you administer a verbal oath or affirmation, you should record the details in your journal.

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