• Hugo Enriquez

Can I notarize foreign-language documents?

Updated: Dec 23, 2019

Updated 2-25-19. Notarizing a signature on a foreign-language document may present some tricky issues if you don't read or speak the language. How can you be sure the document says what is claimed? What if the signature is in a language you don't understand? Before notarizing a foreign-language document, here are three important questions you need to answer. 

Can I notarize foreign-language documents?

The first and most important thing is to check if your state’s Notary laws, website or state handbook addresses how to notarize foreign-language documents or deal with signers who speak foreign languages. If so, be sure you follow those rules or guidelines.

Generally speaking, most states allow you to notarize a document written in a foreign language as long as the certificate wording is in English or a language you can read.

Some states, however, have specific requirements. In California, the Notary must be able to communicate directly with the signer and the certificate wording must be in English. In Texas, the Notary certificate must be in English. In North Dakota, a Notary may not notarize a foreign-language document unless it includes a permanently affixed, accurate English translation. Arizona law requires the signer to sign the document in a language the Notary understands and the certificate must be written and completed by the Notary using letters, characters and a language the Notary reads, writes and understands as well (please see "Can I communicate directly with the signer?" below for additional Arizona guidelines).

Can I communicate directly with the signer?

In order to properly perform a notarization, it’s essential — and usually required — for the Notary to communicate directly with the signer in the same language. Otherwise, the Notary would not be able to verify the signer’s identity, administer an oath, or provide other instructions for completing the Notary act, like signing a journal entry.

Most states do not permit third parties to bridge the communication gap between a Notary Public and signer by using an interpreter. Only one state — Arizona — expressly allows an interpreter to translate for a signer when the signer and Notary do not speak the same language. But the translator and signer must be physically in the presence of the Notary at the time of the notarization.

Some states have restrictions on notarizing for a signer who does not understand English. Florida, for example, does not allow a Notary to take an acknowledgment of a person who does not speak or understand the English language, unless the nature and effect of the document to be notarized is translated into a language which the person does understand.

Can I perform the Notary act?

This third question is often overlooked. A Notary must be able to discern — from looking at the document or by being told by a signer — the type of act required for a document. If a document is drafted in a foreign language or the signer cannot directly communicate with the Notary, the Notary will have no way to tell. The notarization required could in fact be one that’s commonly performed in another country, but isn’t authorized in your state.

Many countries, for example, require citizens living abroad to have a “Life Certificate” notarized each year so they can collect government pension benefits. These documents may require you to certify to facts about the individual your state doesn’t permit you to certify as a Notary. For instance, that the individual is a government pensioner and is alive on the date they appeared before you.


https://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2014/09/questions-for-foreign-language-issues?utm_campaign=bulletin20190304&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nnabulletin&utm_content=BodyTitleForeignLanguageDocsCA&content_type=2&position=1&NNAID=160358450













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