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Both the Notary and you, the Signer, are required to follow certain rules when notarizing a document! 

YOUR PERSONAL APPEARANCE in front of the Notary.   If the Signer does not personally appear before the Notary, how would the Notary verify the your identity and signature on the document, have you sign and and give a thumbprint in
the Notary's journal and give your oath-affirmation or acknowledge your signature before the Notary.      This rule is NOT an option!

The SECOND Rule is that You and the Notary must DIRECTLY COMMUNICATE with each otherIn other words an interpreter can not be used.   How could the Notary give an oath or have the signer acknowledge their signature or verify that the Signer knows and understands what they are signing.   The document can be in a foreign language as long as you, the Signer, and the Notary directly communicate in the same language.    This rule is NOT an option!

The THIRD Rule is that You must POSITIVELY IDENTIFY yourself to the Notary by state-approved means of "Satisfactory Evidence".   Positive identification is one of the MOST important & MAJOR responsibilities of a Notary - especially in the era of identify theft.    If the Signer can not prove their identity by "Satisfactory Evidence" to the Notary, then the Notary MUST REFUSE to notarize their document.    Notaries can no longer rely on personal knowledge!   Even if you have known the Notary since childhood, you are still required to PROVE your identity to the Notary by state-approved means.     This rule is NOT an option! 

 What is Positive Identification by "Satisfactory Evidence"?
Satisfactory Evidence is the LACK of any SUSPICIOUS Conditions concerning the identity of the person being notarized and PROOF of IDENTITY by one of the following methods:
What are these "state-approved" ID cards and requirements?

"CREDIBLE IDENTIFYING" Witness or Witnesses    
What are "Credible Identifying" Witnesses)?

The FORTH Rule is that the Notary CANNOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICE concerning the document or any other matter    This rule is NOT an option!

The FIFTH Rule is that you must have a COMPLETED DOCUMENT before it can be notarized - in other words - no obvious blanks.  The notary is required to scan the entire document to make sure that there aren't obvious blanks that need to be filled in and to gather information for the Notary's journal.   The Notary is prevented and can not give any advice on how to fill out your document or any other legal advice.    If there are any questions concerning any blanks in the document, you, the Signer, must contact the person, company or agency that sent you the document or who will be receiving the document after it is notarized for information on how to complete the document before it is notarized.    This rule is NOT an option!

The SIXTH Rule is that if the document does not have "PROPER NOTARIAL WORDING" then the Signer must tell the Notary what type of notarization to complete on the document.   You might be required to take and Oath/Affirmation before the notary verifying the truth of the information in your document or to Acknowledge that you signed the document in your claimed authorized capacity - whatever that might be.   There are different kinds of notarial acts, but there are two most common types of notarizations that the Notary can perform : 
or Jurats.     This rule is NOT an option!

The SEVENTH Rule is that you SIGN YOUR DOCUMENT and the NOTARY'S JOURNAL and place a THUMBPRINT in the journal.     
This rule is NOT an option!

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