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Can I administer an oath using Skype or Zoom?

One of our law clerks recently passed the California Bar. Am I authorized to swear her in as an attorney, and can I witness her signing her Bar card via Skype or Zoom?  —  C.H., California

You are authorized to administer an oath to an attorney for the state bar (see GC 8205[a][2]), but you may not use Skype or Zoom to do it because California law does not give Notaries the authority to administer remote oaths. The oath must be administered to the individual in the Notary’s physical presence.

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15 Nov 2021

I have taken the Training on Notary Agent, I'm already a notary. I have never received my Certification nor have i received my Insurance E&O confirmation. Please help.

National Notary Association

15 Nov 2021

Hello. If you ordered your training and E&O policy through the NNA, please email our Customer Care team at to request assistance.

29 Nov 2021

Good day to you my Daughter has a Verification for her attorney can I notarize it

National Notary Association

06 Dec 2021

Hello. To help us answer your question, can you please tell us what state you are commissioned in and what type of notarization is being requested?

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