On Notarizing a Copy

Minister Is A Verb

Today, I received a call from someone who is looking to get a “notarized copy” of a government document, in this case school records. I get a request like this from time to time and it always leads to a confusing conversation about what a Notary can do in Tennessee and what the third party who asked the person calling me truly requested.

It is my understanding that a Notary can witness the signing of a document, administer an oath or affirmation if one is required/requested, and then attach the appropriately-worded Notary Certificate or sign the already-present Notary Certificate if one is on the document.

In short, a Notary acts to put his or her seal on a document to say they were an impartial witness to the signing of the document and, if needed, gave the signer an oath or affirmation that the document is true (or that the…

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About Tim Gatewood

55+, male, widowed (May 2016). Mobile notary public and signing agent, freelance writer, and ordained minister. Science fiction and fantasy fan, willing servant to cats, avid reader and collector of books and other stuff. Please see my websites (including this blog and others) for more info on me and what I think about the issues of the day.
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