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What You Need to Know About Out-Of-State Notary Services

What happens if you get a business agreement or crucial medical proxy directive in New York, but you have to travel to Virginia to have a notary notarize these documents? You might wonder whether such a notarial act is allowed or if there are separate rules that govern where a notarial act occurs. With an out-of-state notary, you can take care of all your notarization needs, even when you’re in a different state. Out-of-state notaries are critical in many situations where you cannot get back to your home state to have a document notarized.

However, many notaries are limited in terms of where a notarial act takes place. So what is the solution?

Each state’s laws govern notarization for out-of-state documents, so you and your notary will have to analyze the state law and decide whether you can legally get your documents notarized.

In this article, we’ll explore the concept of out-of-state notarization and the process involved when your documents were issued in another state.

What Is a Notarial Act?

Any service a notary is authorized to perform is a notarial act. Common notarial acts include administering oaths and taking acknowledgments. When a notary public provides a service, they’ll always use their notarial certificate. Before a notary public issues a notarial certificate, they will certify the document’s authenticity, the signers’ identity, and their willingness to sign it. The notarial certificate verifies the truth of the notarial act. It will have a notary seal or notary stamp and is valid in the eyes of the law. You will need to notarize important financial, legal, or real estate documents. A notarial act provides satisfactory evidence to prove that no one agreed to the document under duress and that the signatories are who they say they are. If the documents are not notarized, they will not be valid or accepted by the other party.
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