~ NOTARY QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ~

There are ONLY EIGHT acceptable identifying documents (I.D.s) that can be used to notarize documents in the state of California. These documents must be:  current or issued within the last​ 5 years.

 THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.

 THE EIGHT ACCEPTABLE I.D.S ARE: 

  1. A California Driver's License or State ID card
  2. A Driver's License or State ID card from any other U.S. State
  3. A Mexican or Canadian Driver's License
  4. A U.S. Passport
  5. A Foreign Passport - MUST be stamped by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS)
  6. A U.S. Military ID card
  7. An Employee ID card issued by the State of California or by a county or city in the State
  8. An inmate Identification card - MUST be issued by the Dept. of Corrections and Rehab and can ONLY be used if the inmate is in custody.

*** PLEASE NOTE: GREEN CARDS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE  FORMS OF I.D. FOR NOTARIZATION ***

1.       What documents require that you MUST provide your Right Thumbprint during a notarization? 

  • A: A DEED, QUITCLAIM DEED, DEED OF TRUST, or any other document affecting REAL ESTATE, or a POWER OF ATTORNEY document. The Notary Public shall require the party signing the document to place his or her right thumbprint in the journal.

 2.       Can a Notary Public help you complete your document(s) prior to notarization? 

  • A: NO. Any and all documents that appear to be incomplete to the Notary Public, clients are required to seek an attorney for the appropriate completion of their document(s). By law, the Notary CANNOT give any advice on any document because the guidance could be misconstrued as the Notary Public performing law.

 3.       Can a Notary Public assist you with Immigration matters? 

  • A: Only a Notary Public qualified and bonded as an immigration consultant under Chapter 19.5 of Division 8 of the Business and Professions Code may enter data, provided by the client, on immigration forms provided by a federal or state agency.


***Mickelson Mobile Notary Public are NOT immigration consultants***

***Therefore, we CANNOT help with or complete any immigration forms for anyone***

 

4.       What document must a Notary Public notarize for free? 

  • A: A document relating to a nomination for public office

 5.       What document can be notarized without the official Notary seal? 

  • A: A subdivision map

 6.       Can a foreign language document be notarized that the Notary Public cannot read? 

  • A: YES. The document must be complete prior to notarization. The Notary Public will enter it in his or her journal as a “foreign language document.”

 7.       Can a Notary Public notarize a will? 

  • A: NO.  A Notary Public CANNOT notarize a will. You must seek an attorney to assist you with will preparation.

 8.       Is a Notary Public required to carry an insurance bond or policy? 

  • A: YES. By law, a Notary Public is required to have a minimum of a $15,000 surety bond that protects the public from financial loss.

 9.       Can a Notary Public notarize for someone who does not speak a common language as the Notary? 

  • A: NO. A Notary CANNOT notarize for anyone who does not speak a common language as the Notary. A Notary CANNOT use an interpreter.

    ***Mickelson Mobile Notary Public SPEAKS ONLY ENGLISH.***

***Legally, we CANNOT translate for any non-English speaking person(s) related to a notorial act***

10.   Is it legal for an individual to use a “Signature-by-Mark” in the State of California? 

  • A: YES. The person signing the document by mark must be identified by the Notary Public by satisfactory evidence. However, two witnesses must be present to witness the X-maker make his or her mark. The witnesses do not need to provide I.D. but they do need to sign the document next to the X-maker’s mark. Also, one of the “Signature-by-Mark” witnesses must sign the X-maker’s name next to the X-maker’s mark. 
  • (Exception: If the witnesses were acting in the capacity of credible witnesses in establishing the identity of the person signing by mark, then the witnesses’ signatures and their IDs must be entered in the Notary Public’s journal.)

 11.   Can a Notary Public complete a Certificate of Acknowledgment required in another state or jurisdiction? 

  • A: YES. A Notary Public may complete a Certificate of Acknowledgment from another state provided the form does not require the Notary Public to determine or certify that the signer holds a particular representative capacity or to make other determinations and certifications not allowed by California law. 

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