Documents Prepared or Notarized in Other States

Do you have a document that was prepared in another state, but you are in Florida and need it notarized? Can Florida Notaries do that? What about documents notarized in another state? Documents that were prepared in other states can be notarized in Florida; however, it is important to know that the signature in the document … Continue reading

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Notarizing for Inmates – Are DOC I.D. Cards Acceptable?

When inmates require notarial services, most of the time they obtain from a notary who works for the Department of Corrections. However, there are times when they may require notaries outside the system to come in to notarize for an inmate. All types of identification are confiscated when a person is taken into custody and … Continue reading

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Special Situation: Notarizing For a Person Who Is a Minor

There are many different special circumstances that notaries may encounter; however, the rules are the same: rely on the law, exercise reasonable care, and use common sense. Notaries in FL are required to verify identity through a valid identification form if the person is not personally known (signer must be in the presence of notaries … Continue reading

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Special Situation: Notarizing for the Visually/Hearing Impaired

These are other special circumstances for notaries. As addressed before, in FL notaries, as impartial witnesses, cannot simply identify the person and notarize his or her signature, we need to actually make sure the signer understands the document to be signed and that he or she is doing it freely. If the person doesn’t understand the contents, … Continue reading

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Special Situation: Notarizing for a Person who is Mentally Disabled

Notaries are faced with a variety of special circumstances every now and then such as when the signer is blind, doesn’t speak English, or has a disability, etc. How should they handle? Notaries should make an effort to accommodate them, but should also exercise common sense, reasonable care, and follow the law. Basically, if notaries … Continue reading

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