Other Prohibited Acts

December 1st, 2018 Comment

  There are many things that a Notary may not do.  Some of the things are listed below. ■ Do not notarize a photograph ■ Do not notarize a copy of a birth certificate, or any other vital record or public record ■ Do not certify a translation of a document from one language into

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May a Person with a Disability Direct Another Person to Sign?

December 1st, 2018 Comment

  For a Person with a Disability Who Directs Another to Sign   On a rare occasion, we may be asked to notarize the signature of a person who cannot sign a document in the usual manner.  An individual with a disability may direct the notary or a designated person to sign on his or

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Can you notarize my signature if the identification that I have is different from the name being signed?

November 24th, 2018 Comment

This problem may occur in different situations.  In some situations, individuals may have simply neglected to update their identification cards after a name change.  You should go to your local Division of Motor Vehicles office to make the necessary changes. In some instances, individuals may need to sign a document with their former name after

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For a Person Who Signs a Document Written in Foreign Language

November 23rd, 2018 Comment

For a person who is signing a document written in a foreign language not understood by the notary. As a notary, we are not responsible for the contents of the document, but we need to exercise caution in this situation, by following these recommendations by the State. Such as: ■ Make sure that the notary

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Refusing To Notarize

November 23rd, 2018 Comment

May the notary ever refuse to provide notary services? Yes, under certain conditions.  Eventually, most notaries are faced with the issue of whether they may refuse to provide notary services when requested.  Florida law actually requires notaries to refuse in some situations.  In other situations, notaries either should or may refuse to notarize.  Most of

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