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Can I notarize a document for my parents?

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As a Notary in Illinois, can I notarize a document for my parents?N. R. Illinois

Yes. For the state of Illinois, there are no restrictions regarding notarizing for relatives.

For information on notarizing for family members in other states, please see our article “A guide to notarizing for family members.”

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. – The Editors

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Rajesh W

06 Mar 2024

There is conflicting information about Notarizing for family members - Google brings this out as the first result in the search where it says Yes to Notarizing for family members -,to%20notarizing%20for%20family%20members.%E2%80%9D and then there is another article here which says "Illinois prohibits Notaries from notarizing the signatures of a spouse, children or “other relatives.” , though the Guide is from 2016 it says last updated 12/2023 So what's true ?

National Notary Association

11 Mar 2024

Hello. The Hotline Tip is correct. We've removed the incorrect information about Illinois from the article about notarizing for family members. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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