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May I notarize a document written in Spanish?

Are Notaries Public able to notarize a document written in Spanish in the state of Arizona? — C.D., Arizona

Yes, an AZ Notary can notarize a signature on a document in a foreign language if the following requirements are met (ARS 41-313.B):

 
  • The signer can communicate directly with the Notary in a language they both understand.
  • The signer signs in a language the Notary understands
  • The notarial certificate is written, read and understood in a language that the Notary understands.

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28 Oct 2021

nice post keep sharing with us

Concerned Notary

29 Nov 2021

It's like Notary regulations are written by people who've never notarized. The communication and certificate requirements I understand, bit I'm perplexed at the requirement that "the signer signs in a language that the notary public understands" (p. 16, AZ notary manual) A name's a name whether in English or Spanish, and I've seen signatures of English native-speakers that may as well be in Chinese! It's not like everyone's uses perfect penmanship. Oh, well. At least we have the NNA to make us aware of these issues, and it's better to think about these things now than when a signer breaks out the Cyrillic...

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