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Can Notaries translate legal documents from other countries?

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As a Notary, can I translate two legal documents from another country? — E.M., Florida

No. As a Notary, you may not translate a document and then perform a notarial act on that document. In essence, that would require you to notarize your own signature certifying the translation is accurate.  However, you may notarize a signature on a translated document.

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Jose Alvarez

19 Dec 2022

Normally, a translation of a foreign document does not require notarization. So if a notary happens to act as a translator, and the document does NOT need to be notarized, the notary can translate.


03 Apr 2023

can notaries in Fl sell blank documents.

National Notary Association

04 Apr 2023

Hello. We're sorry, but we did not understand your question. Can you please provide additional clarification what you mean by "sell blank documents?"

Lynne keone

17 Jun 2024

Can a person from California USA sign a translated procura document ( Italian to English) drawn up in British Columbia, Canada to be notarized In California and sent to Italy for permission of power of Attorney to sell an inherited piece of property?

National Notary Association

18 Jun 2024

Hello. We're sorry, but that is a legal question that would need to be answered by an attorney.

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