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Posted - 03/14/2021 :  12:19:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

States allowing notaries to take proofs:
Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.

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Posted - 03/10/2021 :  8:27:08 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbelmont's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Most Notaries have a very foggy and incomplete understanding of the basic notary acts. This is what you do all day long. You should have a very clear and well presented understanding of what you do.

Most Notaries:
1. Don't know if an Acknowledged signature must be signed in front of the notary.
2. Understand that a Jurat must be sworn or affirmed to, but don't mention that it must be signed in front of the Notary.
3. Cannot do a clear job of differentiating between an Oath and an Affirmation. They leave a lot out when explaining these acts, particularly the part about what entity you are making your solemn statement to or under.
4. Are completely unaware that a Proof of Execution is official in all, or almost all states, and have no idea what it entails.
5. Don't know the other notary acts in their states. There are 51 jurisdictions in the USA, and I cannot memorize the rules in all of them. Even if I could, they change from time to time.
6. Cannot explain the more than but not less than rule. More than what? If you forget the more than what part, you might as well throw the entire rule out. This is in regards to identification which is used for all Notary acts incidentally.

We teach all of this in Notary Public 101 in our blog which is free to the public and does not require a password. If you are a master of your craft, you will impress many, get more jobs, more clicks, and more reviews. Most of all, I will be pleased.

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