NOTARY PUBLIC (FAQs)
What is a jurat?
What is an acknowledgment?
What is a venue?
What is the fee I may charge for a jurat or an acknowledgment?
May I notarize documents for my grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, or nephews?
May I certify photographs?
What is a copy certification?
May I select and prepare a notarial certificate for a document presented to me without one?
If I live in Mangilao and a client asks me to notarize a document in Merizo, what fees am I authorized to charge?
May I copy certify a college transcript?
What is official misconduct as pertains to a notary?
May I notarize a document outside of Guam?
May I notarize a faxed copy of a document that has been signed before faxing?
May I notarize a faxed document which is to be signed in my presence?
May I notarize a document without a notarial certificate?
May I use the foil for my embosser?
May I refuse a customer?
If my commission expires on May 5, 2000, may I still notarize a document on that day?
May I notarize documents from off-island or documents which will be used off-island?
What is a third degree felony?
Do I have to indicate in my notarial journal the fee charged, if any, for each notarial act?
Do I have to copy all documents that I notarize?
If someone requests that his signature be notarized and he cannot produce any identification except a social security card, may I accept that as satisfactory evidence of his identity ?
If a document is presented to me without a notarial certificate, such as an acknowledgment or jurat, may I type in or attach the acknowledgment or jurat paragraph to complete the document, and then notarize it? If not, may I refuse service for that reason and advise the client of this?
A client submits a document which he signed a month ago and the document has an acknowledgment certificate attached. If the client states to me that he signed the document of his free will, may I notarize the document knowing that the document was signed a month ago?
I have a power of attorney which was notarized on June 2, 1998. Is the power of attorney valid if the notary’s commission expired on October 12, 1999?
If my inked stamp seal does not impress completely, may I write in the illegible information?
What is a publicly recordable document?
As a notary, do I have to sign my name exactly as indicated on my notary commission certificate?
When performing a copy certification, what certificate do I use?
I have a complaint against a notary for overcharging me for a notarial service. What action should I take?
May I charge less than the normal fee for a jurat?
May I notarize a document for a minor?
What notarial acts may I perform?
May a notary certify as a true copy any original document presented for copy certification?
Notaries are often told that the contents of a document should not concern them and that their only job is to acknowledge the signer’s signature. How do I comply with this and not be liable for fraud? Do I have the authority to review a document to determine that the document is complete?
I have a client requesting a photocopy of an entry from my journal. Do I have to record this request in my journal and have the client sign?
May I accept a foreign passport as evidence of identity when notarizing a document?
Is my notary journal an official public document?
If my neighbor whom I have lived next door to all my life asks me to notarize a document, must he prove his identity?
If I leave my notarial journal in the family car, am I violating the Law?
May I refuse my notarial services if the client will not pay the fee authorized by the Law?
If I received my commission for the purpose of notarizing documents for my employer, a bank, and I do so free of charge to bank customers, may I refuse my services to persons who are not customers of the bank?
If I received my commission for the purpose of notarizing documents for my employer, a bank, may I charge the bank’s customers?
If I notarize for my employer, a bank, may the bank collect notarial fees and keep them?
May notaries who are bank mortgage loan officers and who receive a commission fee from their duties as a mortgage loan officer, perform notarial acts for transactions which will benefit them with a commission fee?
My uncle brought over a document signed by his friend and wants me to notarize it. I don’t know his friend and his friend is not before me to acknowledge his signature. My uncle should know better because he used to be a notary himself. Is my uncle committing a crime?
May I notarize the signature of someone who wants to sign a document, including the notarial certificate, written in a foreign language? What if the document is in a foreign language, but the notarial certificate is in English?
Someone brings his aged mother to me and wants me to acknowledge her signature on a document. His mother appears unable to comprehend what is going on. Should I notarize her signature?
If someone has a document he is about to sign in my presence, and the document contains blanks, should he sign the document and may I acknowledge his signature?
If I am asked to acknowledge the signature of a foreign national on a document written in English, and the person appearing before me does not speak English, should I go ahead and notarize his signature?
Someone wants to sign a document in my presence and for me to acknowledge his signature. He presents his driver’s license, but it is so worn that I am unable to read the information on it clearly. May I ask for another form of identification?
Someone faxed a document to me with his signature on it. He on the telephone and wants me to acknowledge his signature. May I do so?
I am about to notarize the signature of a foreign national who speaks fluent English. However, he has presented to a foreign passport for his identification. Should I accept the passport as sufficient identification?
The identification presented me by a client just expired yesterday. Should I accept the expired identification anyway?
Someone who is blind and therefore unable to write, but who is otherwise competent, wants to place his thumb print on a document to be notarized. Guam law requires that a person’s "signature" be notarized. Is a thumb print a sufficient substitute for a signature? If not, how should the blind person "sign" the document if he cannot write his signature?
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