Detect False IDs Without a Hitch!

One of the most fundamental job functions of a Notary is identifying document signers, which can be achieved by using a credible witness or, more commonly, by checking an ID card. As residents of California, the 3 most common IDs presented to Notaries are CA Driver’s Licenses, CA State IDs,

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Easy way to update your info with the SOS!

Happy Friday Notaries! Did you know that the Secretary of State has now issued a “Change of Address” Application that Notaries must fill out if they have changed their address? Alex Padilla has made the process super simple by creating this form, which closely follows the new application form. Instead

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Three New Acceptable Forms of ID

Beginning January 1st, 2017, there will be three new forms of acceptable IDs when identifying a document signer. These are: Matricula consular cards issued by Mexican consulates  The only states who currently accept matricula consular cards are Nevada and Illinois. These ID cards are issued to by the consulate in an immigrant’s

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What’s the deal with e-notarizations?

Between our seminars and our on-going support system, we hear regularly from our Notaries wanting to know about e-notarizations; “are they legal?”, “how do we perform these notarizations?”, and “are they safe?”. Currently, there are no laws in California which specifically outline the legality of e-notarizations. It is not as

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2 Potential Legal Problems for Notaries

Can a Notary actually serve jail time if convicted of wrongdoings? Yes, but it depends on the charge. Case history shows Notaries have served time for fraud, conspiracy, grand theft, and identity theft. When a Notary runs into legal problems, it’s usually because he or she has intentionally done something

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3 Easy Steps to a Proper Notarization

FIRST – Always qualify the signer by using proper ID. There are eight Identification cards that are acceptable under California state law. If no ID is available, the signer may use a credible witness or two credible witnesses. Use the ID Checking Guide to verify the validity of the identification. Ask

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Notarizing in Medical Facilities

When notarizing for patients in a medical facility, you must follow all state laws regardless of any unique circumstances. Your clients must have proper ID, be cognizant and they must be able to sign their name or make a mark. It can be daunting working in a hospital, hospice care unit,

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Certify This

” A client walked into my office with a picture of a birth certificate and asked that it be certified as a copy. Can I actually do this?” Traveling back to the basics, in order to notarize properly, a document must contain text that is signed by the document signer

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You Got a Raise! AB 2217 Notary Fee Increase

Congratulations Notaries!  Beginning Jan. 1, 2017 you may charge $15 per notarization thanks to Assembly Bill 2217. The bill, written by Assembly Member David Hadley (R-66), stated an increase in Notary fees from $10 to $15. The campaign to get this bill passed was grounded in the support of Notaries

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The Value of Your Seal

Receiving an official notary seal to stamp on officially notarized documents is officially exciting! Even the action of pushing your seal down on paper next to your signature and admiring the fancy seal impression with YOUR name on it is a good feeling. While you’re admiring, you should also recognize

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