Notary Frequently Asked Questions
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All of these questions have been called into the OSN office by Ohio notaries. Have YOU ever wondered...
- - Can I notarize if a document is in a foreign language?
- - How must a signer with a power of attorney sign? Can I give the oath to a POA signer?
- - Do I have to administer the oath for notarizing signatures on a Ohio vehicle title?
- - Should I add the state and county venue to my notarization if none appears on the document?
- - I’m notarizing in Delaware County, but reside in Franklin County; which county goes on the
- - Although I cannot certify a document copy, what is the alternative?
- - Can I still notarize a signature on a document that is dated other than today?
- - I heard that notary income is tax-exempt; is this right ?
- - Can I notarize signatures on a document prepared in another state, or in a foreign country?
- - Can a translator be used for a document signer who doesn’t speak English?
- - How do I determine whether acknowledgement or jurat language should be used for the
notarization, if none is shown on the document? Can I just “stamp & sign” without either?
- - Can a disabled patient in a health facility have their hand “guided” by a relative while
- signing? How do I ensure they are aware of the document’s content and purpose? Can they sign
- with an “X", or may the notary sign for them?
- - My boss asked me to notarize on a document for his best client, who signed it in Cleveland and
- mailed it to our office in Dayton. I know I shouldn’t notarize without a personal appearance and
- ID, but I don’t want to upset my boss or risk my job. What to do?
- - My boss fired me for insubordination after I refused to perform the notarization. He also says
- that since he paid for my application and commission costs, my notary stamp is company
- property. What to do?
- How can I notarize electronically?
- The signature line reads “Mary Ellen Smith”, but her ID reads as “Mary Smith"; can I notarize?
- Am I required to have Errors & Omissions insurance, and where can I get it? Do I need a bond?
- - Do I need to keep a journal of my notary acts? Where can I get one?
- - A person is requesting a form authorizing consent for her child’s emergency medical care
- in her absence. Can I prepare the form for her, then notarize the signature?
- - What is a “loose certificate”? When and how is it used?
- - The content of a document is in conflict with my religious beliefs; can I refuse to notarize?
- - Does notarization make a document “legal”?
- - I’m asked to drive 20 miles for a notarization. Can I charge a travel fee in addition to the
- notarization fee?
- - Where do my notary commission fees go?
- - Can a convicted felon hold an Ohio notary commission?
- - How do the state fees allowed for Ohio notaries compare nationally?
- - How many notaries are there in Ohio? How do the eligibility requirements for notaries differ
- between Ohio counties?
- - What are the penaties for violating the Ohio notary laws? Can I be personally sued for making a
- notarial error on a document?
- - Ink stamp seal or embosser – which is best?
- - What is an apostille? How are these handled, and by whom?
- - Do I have to record my commission with my County Clerk before performing any
- notarizations? What if I later move to a different Ohio county?
- - What is a "Medallion Notary"?
- - A man presented me a document that he signed and dated 3 weeks ago; can I notarize?
When you have questions, ask other Ohio notaries who have been there - call the OSN office at either (614) 336-7878 or (614) 348-3305, or email