February 18, 2016

I have been contracted to perform a notarization at a California State Prison. The signer is telling me I can accept his prison ID as proof of his identity. Is this correct? — A.S., California

Yes. Civil Code Section 1185(b)(3) allows a Notary to use an inmate identific...

September 23, 2015

In most states, signers may also be identified through the use of a credible witness, or two, providing that your state laws allow this, and that the witnesses meet all statutory requirements. In Pennsylvania, for example, a credible witness must personally know both t...

June 10, 2015

I have been asked to come to a nursing home to notarize a power of attorney document. Should I have the client initial each paragraph and sign the final page? Also can I charge a travel fee in addition to the mileage and notarizing fee? — M.W., Capitol Heights, Marylan...

September 5, 2014

I am a new Notary and work in a hospital. I work closely with our newborn nursery staff, and we often have adoption papers that must be notarized. Am I allowed to notarize these? — A.W., Virginia

Yes, a Notary Public can notarize signatures on adoption papers. They...

June 6, 2014

Apostilles for international weddings.

US citizens getting married overseas need to obtain an Apostille

Getting married overseas can present challenges especially when it comes to documents which are required by the laws of the country where the wedding will be performed...

June 22, 2011

Healthcare powers of attorney are critical documents for signers, and state rules vary greatly regarding how the document must be signed, witnessed or notarized. A healthcare power of attorney allows a person (known as the “principal”) to authorize another individual (...

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