I have been asked by signers to notarize a copy of their marriage certificate. The signer has written "I certify this to be a true copy of my marriage certificate" on a document, to which he has asked if I could attach a jurat. Is this a permissible notarial act? – L.T., Raleigh, NC
Since North Carolina Notaries may not perform copy certifications, the signer is asking you to notarize his or her signature on a statement that a photocopy of a marriage license is a true and correct copy of the original certificate. While this procedure, called "Copy Certification by Document Custodian," is a permissible act for many types of documents, it may not be used to notarize any vital records, including marriage, birth, death, or divorce certificates. Therefore, unfortunately, you would not be able to notarize or otherwise "certify" your signer’s marriage certificate.
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