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Can title companies ask for a copy of my commission certificate?

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I recently was asked to notarize a deed of trust for a client. The title company requested a copy of my commission certificate. Is it common for title companies to request these items and is it required to show them? Any guidance or suggestions is much appreciated.M.D., Oregon

Contracting companies for which you provide notarial services may want to confirm that you are a Notary Public. While it is not required for you to provide a copy of your Notary commission, the company may decide not to do business with you if you don’t. The Secretary of State maintains an online database of all Oregon Notaries Public on its website, so your commission information is public information anyway.

Please see our article, "What companies look for when hiring Notary Signing Agents," for more information.

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Melanie Ross Fleary

29 Jan 2024

I need to renew my notary seal. My expiration date is December.18, 2024. What is the procedure for renewing my notary seal? Thank you, Melanie Ross Fleary.

National Notary Association

30 Jan 2024

Hello Melanie. To help us assist you, can you please tell us what state you are commissioned in?

Michael Buckner

30 Jan 2024

I'm not melony but my commission was from Ohio

National Notary Association

31 Jan 2024

Hello. If you are asking how to renew your commission in Ohio, please see here for information:

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