Can a Notary Backdate a Document?

Nearly every notary public will find themselves in a position where they are asked to backdate a document. For instance, a client may ask his or her Notary Signing Agent (NSA) to write an earlier date in the “date” field to lock in a lower mortgage rate. If the mortgage isn’t complete by a specified date, the borrower could lose the mortgage rate, so they attempt to persuade the notary public to include a date prior to the actual signing. (more…)

Leveraging The Power of Social Media as a Notary Public

Social media isn’t used strictly for sharing your relationship status or photos of what you ate breakfast. It’s also a powerful marketing tool that notaries can use to attract more customers while developing lasting professional relationships. (more…)

Can a Notary Public Marry Someone?

Most modern-day marriages in the U.S. are performed by a member of the clergy (priest, minister or rabbi), judge, court clerk, or a justice of the peace; however, a notary public is legally allowed to conduct a marriage ceremony in the three following states: Florida, South Carolina and Maine – assuming he or she follows their respective state’s protocol. (more…)

Can a Notary Complete an I-9 Form?

The I-9 form (also known as the Employment Eligibility Verification form) is used by employers to verify employees’ identity and eligibility to work in the U.S. In 1986, The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) went into effect, requiring all employers to verify their employees identify and work eligibility using the I-9 form. All employees hired after November 6, 1986 must submit an I-9 before they are legally allowed to begin work. The employee is responsible for completing Section 1 of the form, and the employer is responsible for completing Section 2. (more…)