Colorado Springs Notary - Leon Austin

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Notarizing a document in Russian

Most of the requests that I get to notarize foreign language documents are for German documents, since German is the language that I know.


 This morning I got a call from a Russian man, asking if I would notarize his signature for a Russian document.

Of course.

When I got there he showed me the document. I had him sign it, and then I notarized his signature.


What did the document say?

I have absolutely no idea.

A notary public does not concern themselves with the contents of the document. We notarize signatures, not documents.  And Colorado notary law does not prohibit Colorado notaries from notarizing documents in a foreign language.

However, there are some measures that I took.  The first thing I did was take a photo of the document with my digital camera.  Whenever I notarize a document in a foreign language, usually for copy certifications, I keep a copy of the document for my records.

Russian language

Also, I attached a loose certificate.  So although the document is in Russian, the notary certificate is in English.  And that is really all that is required. 

I don't know the notary laws of all states, so the prudent thing for any notary to do is to make sure that their state notary laws allow them to notarize a document in a foreign language.

Comment balloon 9 commentsLeon Austin • July 29 2007 01:54PM
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