Notary Tips

A Notary Official Signature

by American Association of Notaries
The most critical element on a notarized document is the notary signature. The lack of a notary signature is fatal to the notarization. It is essential that the notary sign every notarial certificate that he or she notarizes. (more...)

How Much to Charge for Mobile Notary Services?

by American Association of Notaries
This is a somewhat sticky question for most mobile notaries. Why? Because how much you charge depends on a number of factors. (more...)
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Why Notaries Cannot Notarize Their Own Documents

by American Association of Notaries
It seems so simple. You're about to purchase some real property, and a number of the documents require notarization. You're a notary (and you obviously know who you are), so why not notarize your own document? There are two primary reasons why notaries public should never notarize their own document: (more...)

Frequently Asked Questions About Notary Stamps/Seals

by American Association of Notaries
Notary stamps and seals is an important but confusing topic even for the most seasoned notary. So don't be embarrassed if you find yourself looking up this article. The rules can be tricky, and it's important to learn how to best protect yourself from liability or any appearance of impropriety. Below are some common questions we receive. (more...)

Your Notary Stamp Is Your Responsibility

by American Association of Notaries
Two of the most important things in a notary's possession are the notary stamp and journal. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to keep these belongings safe and secure. You might think that your notary stamp was merely a simple purchase, but it's worth a lot more than that. Below are some reasons why and the best practices for keeping your notary stamp safe. (more...)

Notarizing a Power of Attorney

by American Association of Notaries
Most notaries take great care not to engage in the unauthorized practice of law, but some understandably grow concerned when presented with a power of attorney or other legal document. It's helpful to familiarize yourself with the various documents you might be called upon to acknowledge and to consider how you should answer if asked to draft or edit one. (more...)

Notarizing During Business Hours

by American Association of Notaries
Since most employed notaries become commissioned at the request of their employers, they occasionally inquire as to what types of restrictions their employers can place on them when it comes to performing their notarial duties. The answer to this question differs from state to state, so be sure to consult with you state's notary laws. If state law does not address it, be sure to speak with your employer to come up with a plan that is reasonable. (more...)
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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...)
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