May I notarize a document written in a foreign language?

You are not prohibited legally from notarizing a document written in a foreign language. However, there are numerous potential problems, including the fact that the term notary public, when translated into other languages, can refer to a markedly different office, with far greater authority than in the United States. For example, Notario Publico, in Spanish-speaking countries, refers to a person with authority similar to that of a U.S. attorney. A notary who has questions about a document written in another language is encouraged to find another notary who understands the document (perhaps at a consulate).





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