Notary Bulletin

How Do I ... Certify An Event?

Notaries often are asked to certify that certain events or actions have occurred. The problem is, unless you live in the state of Washington, U.S. Notaries are not permitted to certify events themselves.

However, if you are a Washington Notary, you may certify that an event has occurred or an act has been performed. Such certification is based on either the Notary's personal knowledge or on the oath or affirmation of a credible witness.

Outside Washington state, you may execute a jurat for a signer who attended the event and is signing a sworn written statement that it took place.

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Quiz: The Many Types Of Notarial Acts

Notaries perform many different duties for the public — and it’s easy to lose track of the different acts and what states they’re authorized in. Test your familiarity with common — and uncommon — notarial acts.

(A link to the correct answers is provided at the end of the quiz.)

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