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Frequently Asked Questions
While notarizing documents is not enormously complicated, occasionally questions do arise.

Question #1: "Can I get a notarized copy of my Passport"?
Answer: Because California Notaries are not allowed to certify copies of any documents except powers of attorney and journal records, "copy certification by document custodian" serves as an acceptable alternative.

Procedure: The permanent keeper of the document - the document custodian - certifies the copy, not the Notary. The custodian makes a photocopy of the original document; makes a written statement about the trueness, correctness and completeness of the copy; signs that statement before a Notary; and takes an oath or affirmation regarding the truth of the statement. The Notary, having witnessed the signing and given the oath or affirmation, executes a Jurat.

Not for Vital Records: Copy certification by document custodian is not appropriate for vital records such as birth, marriage and death certificates, since originals of these documents are retained by public agencies. Persons requesting certified copies of vital records should contact the agency that holds the original - in California, typically the County Registrar Recorder where the birth, death or marriage occurred.

Notarial Fee: $10 for the Jurat

Typing Fee: I can type the Copy Certification by Document Custodian Affidavit for you, upon your request, for a modest fee, usually $10 - $20 dollars, based on the complexity of the original document.

Fee for digital quality monochromatic copy (black and white copy) of the original document: No fee for 1st page, 25 cents per page thereafter.


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