Notary Tips

Employer Liability for Notary's Negligence

by American Association of Notaries
Is a notary's employer liable for the notary's mistakes? The answer is usually yes. Many state's laws do not provide any limit to the liability of a notary, and when a notary is acting in the course of his or her employment, that liability often extends to the notary's employer. (more...)

Can a Notary Notarize a Handwritten Document?

by American Association of Notaries
Many notaries ask whether it is acceptable to notarize a document that is handwritten by the client. In general, it is not up to the notary to decide whether a document presented for notarization is valid. Notarization does not make an illegal document legal and does not make an invalid document valid. (more...)

How to Become a Notary in the State of Michigan

by American Association of Notaries
Here's our step-by-step guide on becoming a Michigan notary. (more...)

How to Become a Notary in the State of Washington

by American Association of Notaries
By following our step-by-step guide below, you'll be on your way to becoming a Washington notary. (more...)

Can I notarize a document that is already signed?

by American Association of Notaries
Many notaries are presented with a document that is already signed and aren't sure whether or not they can proceed. This question can be answered by reviewing the two basic notarial acts: acknowledgments and oaths. (more...)

How to Become a Notary in the State of Georgia

by American Association of Notaries
Follow our step-by-step guide below to learn how to become a Georgia notary. (more...)

How to Become a Notary in the State of Kentucky

by American Association of Notaries
Here's our step-by-step guide on how to become a Kentucky Notary Public State at Large. (more...)

How to Become a Notary in the State of Virginia

by American Association of Notaries
Follow our step-by-step guide to become a Virginia notary. (more...)

How to Become a Notary in the State of Maryland

by American Association of Notaries
Would you like the title of notary public in the state of Maryland? The information below will guide you step-by-step through the process of becoming a Maryland notary. (more...)

How to Become a Notary in the State of Colorado

by American Association of Notaries
Do you want to become a notary in the State of Colorado? The information listed below will guide you step-by-step to become a Colorado notary. (more...)
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