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jbelmont

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Posted - 05/02/2010 :  4:21:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbelmont's Homepage  Reply with Quote
A notary can not certify copies of a marriage certificate.
Our teacher in the notary course I took many years ago kept stressing that you can't notarize a birth, marriage, or death certificate -- or a will. However, I kept getting clients who wanted me to notarize these documents, so I had to figure out what I could legally do.

The signer can swear an oath on a statement regarding a copy of a marriage certificate where they swear that its a true and correct copy. This way it is the signer doing the certifying, NOT the notary -- which makes it okay. This type of statement is often written on a Jurat certificate which needs to be sworn to and signed by the signer as well as the notary. Another form commonly used is the copy certification by document custodian.

Please see:
http://www.123notary.com/glossary/?certified-copy-by-document-custodian

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