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How do I notarize a marriage license application?

I am notarizing a marriage license application for the first time. Do I have to include my stamp on the marriage license application or just my signature, name and title? —  M.T., Florida

In the state of Florida, the marriage application, license and certificate are three sections on the same form:

  • The “Application to Marry” is signed and sworn before a judge or other authorized official.
  • The “License to Marry” is completed and stamped by the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
  • The third part, “Certificate of Marriage,” is completed by the Notary. Your Notary seal must also be affixed in space 23b.

The only section you as the Notary may complete is the “Certificate of Marriage.”  This section is completed after you have performed the wedding ceremony.

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GARY FAGAN

09 Apr 2022

great article

SHARON BRADY

19 Apr 2022

Is my Florida notary legal in another state?

National Notary Association

19 Apr 2022

Hello. You may not perform notarizations with a Florida Notary commission when you are physically outside the borders of Florida.

rodriguez.azucena@yahoo.com

22 Apr 2022

Can a California Notary with an active commission also get a commission in any other state?

National Notary Association

28 Apr 2022

Hello. It would depend on the rules for the state you wish to apply in. If you can tell us which state you are interested in applying for a commission in, we would be happy to provide you with additional details.

KULVINDER MUIR

15 Aug 2022

I need to know the process for CA

National Notary Association

26 Aug 2022

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.

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