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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.

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