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What county should I fill in on a Notary certificate venue?

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On a standard form that needs to be notarized, the top left corner reads: “State of Maryland, County of _____”.  Should I be filling in the "County" as where I am at time of the notarization, or should I fill in the county I am commissioned in?J.B., Maryland 

You should fill in the county where you are performing the notarization is taking place.

For more information, please see our article and video “How to fill out a Notary certificate.”

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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Vicki Lee Fisher

30 Jul 2023

If most notary signings are done in the evening and week-ends what am I to do if I have a question during the off hours?

National Notary Association

31 Jul 2023

Hello. You can email our hotline team at They will usually respond within 24 hours.

Luz Rose

31 Jul 2023

CA. Do you know a special web page where we can check the country of the specific location? I had found that some cities have 2 different countries. Thank you!

National Notary Association

01 Aug 2023

Hello. Is this what you are looking for regarding CA counties?

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