Notary Bulletin

Hotline Tip: Can I Notarize For Non-U.S. Citizens?

Are Notaries required to only serve signers who are U.S. citizens, or are we allowed to notarize for foreign signers?

As a Notary, your role is to serve the public, including any member of the general public or foreign-born individual who requests a lawful notarization performed. In other words, you mustn’t turn away a client based upon his or her nationality.

Notaries exist in every country, and are, in fact, trusted by foreign visitors to help process paperwork that is often critically important in their lives. Only when an illegal or unauthorized notarial act is requested – as when a signer is unable to produce identification that satisfies the Notary laws – is a Notary justified in refusing to serve a non-native.

Confronted with a tricky notarization? Unsure how to proceed? NNA members have unlimited access to our expertly trained NNA Hotline counselors to help you with all of your notarial questions. Call (888) 876-0827, Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST; Saturday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST

Related Links:

NNA Hotline Tip: How Do I Identify A U.N. Official Or Other Foreign Signer For Notarization?
NNA: Handling Communication Barriers with Foreign Signers

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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.)

Confronted with a tricky notarization? Unsure how to proceed? NNA members have unlimited access to our expertly trained Hotline counselors to help you with all of your notarial questions.

(888) 876-0827

Monday through Friday:
5 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST

Saturdays: 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST

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